Population Matters Update - June 2015 Part II

Population awareness

We have released a briefing on the benefits of small families and urge you to join those who have pledged to have two or fewer children.

Older couple

By 2050 the number of people aged over 65 in Asia is expected to increase from 300 million to one billion as the continent undergoes a profound demographic shift.

Paul R. Ehrlich reinforces the message of his 1968 book The Population Bomb in a recent interview with The New York Times.

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Family planning & women's rights

The World Health Organization has added a number of long-acting, hormonal contraceptives to its list of recommended family planning methods. This is intended to help reduce the number of women worldwide who unintentionally become pregnant annually, which currently is approximately 90 million.

A young woman studying

The “zero draft” of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has been issued as governments prepare to negotiate the final content at the end of June. A Guardian panel of experts has put forward their suggestions to maximize the positive impact for girls.

Marie Stopes International has doubled its 2012 pledge to expand access to contraception to women and girls who have previously been unable to access it, and is now committing to reach 12 million new users by 2020.

In Iran approximately 276,000 underage girls were married and 109,000 teenagers gave birth during 2013 - 2014. The latest figures reveal significant growth in underage marriages during the last five years despite the UN-endorsed ban on early marriages, defined as marriage between parties under the age of 18 years.

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Environmental conservation

Sir David Attenborough

Our patron Sir David Attenborough recently spoke of the urgency of addressing environmental concerns at an event at the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom.

Global food companies are being called on to play a central role in creating a better food system through working with small-scale farmers and promoting sustainable consumption.

Deforestation in Brazil has more than doubled since August 2014, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to an analysis of satellite photographs carried out by the research institute Imazon.

The environmental think tank Green Alliance has partnered with Nestlé and the National Trust to launch two projects aimed at tackling the decline of the United Kingdom’s natural environment.

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Sustainable lifestyles

A group of experts has called for an engagement equivalent to the Apollo space programme to produce cheap, clean energy.


More people are cycling in London, United Kingdom than ever before, according to the most recent figures from Transport for London. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, spoke of the need for investment in cycling infrastructure due to the “population explosion” in the city which he sees as the reason for the rise in cyclist numbers.

A petition has been launched on the campaign platform 38 Degrees calling for supermarkets to give unsold but consumable food to charity. Legislation calling for the same thing was recently enacted in France in an attempt to reduce the amount of food wasted.

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Andrew Macnaughton, coordinator of our Scottish group, has been accepted as a Guarantor Member.

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