We live in a world of limited resources, and the earth’s inhabitants are increasing at an extremely rapid rate. On 31 October, the United Nations marked the growth of the world population to seven billion. Currently, almost 80 million people are born every year – 97% of them in developing countries that already face difficulties in protecting and providing for their citizens. The existing needs for agricultural, social and economic development to combat poverty and create opportunities are even more pressing in the face of this population growth.
On the other end of the spectrum, many rich and middle‐income countries are concerned about low fertility rates, a declining and ageing population and the challenges this will bring.
This NGLS e-Roundup presents UN and civil society views on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development that come with population growth. It features interviews with Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director; Lorraine B. Williams, Assistant Director‐General at FAO; an opinion piece by Babu Ram Pant, Youth Fellow, UNFPA; as well as interviews with individuals and civil society representatives.
To download the e-Roundup, click here.