Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

January 21, 2013 • Family Planning, Protection of Species, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Below are the recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which took place on November 19 and 20th, 2012 in New York City. Excerpts and a link to the PDF document below are below. The global thematic consultation on population dynamics in the post-2015 UN development agenda is being co-convened by UN-DESA, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT and IOM in partnership with the Government of Switzerland).

Also, FYI, a consultation with the private sector is scheduled for 23 January 2013 in New York, and a consultation with civil society is planned for 18-19 February 2013 in Geneva. The Global Leadership Meeting, which will take place 11-12 March 2013 in Dhaka, will conclude the global thematic consultation. Furthermore, the governments and lead agencies will hold a briefing for member States in New York on 22 January 2013 and in Geneva on 22 February 2013.

A Call to Integrate Population Dynamics in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Population dynamics must be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda
because the main challenges of the 21st century
are shaped by powerful population trends

Human wellbeing is the central concern of development. Sustained social development – the
improvement in the wellbeing of current and future generations – is not possible without
economic development – an increase in the production of goods and services – and economic
development cannot be decoupled from environmental change including the transformation,
degradation and depletion of natural resources. Addressing these challenges will not only
require a more balanced distribution of economic resources, which is an imperative in an
increasingly unequal world, but also a higher level of economic output. Today, there is a wide
consensus that whatever shape the new development agenda ultimately takes, it must ensure
sustainable development — a harmonious balance between social, economic and environmental
development – and emphasize both sustainable consumption and sustainable production.
Population dynamics have a critical influence on each of these three pillars (social, economic
and environmental development) and consideration of them needs to be central to any future
development agenda.

The world is currently experiencing mega population trends- such as population growth, youth
bulges and increasing population ageing, urbanization and migration – that present both
important developmental challenges and new opportunities.

Population dynamics, including changes in the
size, structure, and spatial distribution of the
population, can have direct and indirect
implications for economic development,
labour markets, income distribution, poverty
and social protection, including pensions and
expansion of the care-giving sector.
Population dynamics influence environmental
sustainability, climate change, and water,
food and energy security. They also affect
our ability and capacity to ensure universal
access to health, education and other
essential services. The linkages between
population dynamics and these development
challenges are critically shaped by gender
equality issues. They influence, and are
influenced by the rights and roles of women
in society, and by their active participation in
social, political and economic life. Population
dynamics shape and are shaped by
developments in each of the above areas…

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