Population Matters Update - May 2015 Part I

Population awareness

The United Nations Population Fund has released its State of World Population Report 2014 — The Power of 1.8 Billion — which focuses on the specific needs of young people and calls for better access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Ban Ki-Moon

The United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development met in April to discuss addressing population issues in sustainable development planning. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on population and development is now available.

As the United Kingdom’s general election approaches, please use our automated email facility to question candidates about population issues. You can also use the Sex Education Forum’s automated system to call on candidates to promote improved sex and relationships education.

Read why our patron Jonathon Porritt recommends watching the new population film Mother – Caring for Seven Billion, which calls for a progressive approach to family planning.

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Family planning & women's rights

Young woman

Population Matters has issued a briefing on women’s and reproductive rights that explains why a woman’s ability to decide the timing and size of her family is a basic human right.

Access to modern contraception has not improved in recent years for most European Union countries, and in many cases has worsened, according to a new report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Valerie DeFillipo. DeFillipo was the founding executive director of Family Planning 2020, a global partnership of governments and organizations created to enable 120 million more women to use contraceptives by 2020.

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Environmental conservation

Young man alone

More than 100 environmental activists were killed last year, most while trying to save natural resources from destruction in Latin America. Honduras is particularly dangerous for activists; corruption is widespread and police have been implicated in some of the murders.

Tanzania's Ngorongoro wildlife sanctuary, a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site, is under threat from human population growth. As the population grows, there is increasing pressure on water resources and demand for grazing land for farmed animals.

Less than 20 per cent of England’s rivers are in good health due to pollution from farms, runoff from roads and effluent from sewage works, according to the UK's Environment Agency.

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Sustainable lifestyles

We have added several new articles to our website, with topics ranging from the depletion of raw materials to energy recovery.

Sun shining through trees

Earth Day was celebrated around the world on 22 April with protests, classroom discussions and conservation activities.

Forty-two million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment was discarded worldwide in 2014 — most in unsustainable ways.

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Our UK general election resources have been updated following the release of the parties’ manifestos. Resources include briefings on climate change, housing and health.

The guest speaker at our annual conference in October will be Baroness Tonge, joint chair of the UK’s Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.

Our new shop has been launched, with online ordering and payment, and we have reduced our T-shirt prices.

We thank Board member John Collier, who is stepping down, for his contribution.


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