About us

Population  and Sustainability Network (PSN) is an advocacy organisation and international network that works to advance understanding of the relationships between population, health and sustainable development issues and to promote integrated approaches to these interconnected challenges.

We bring together development, environment and reproductive health NGOs, government departments, policy research organisations and others for cross-sector discussion and collaboration to increase awareness of the significance for sustainable development of both population and consumption factors and the importance of universal access to reproductive health and rights, including voluntary family planning services.

Our Network members comprise organisations based in the UK and overseas with diverse specialisms but shared interests and concerns.

PSN is a UK-based international network and UN-registered Partnership, founded in 2003 by the Margaret Pyke Trust, a UK Registered Charity (No.1064672) within which PSN operates.

Further information about who we are and how the network operates is provided in the FAQs.

Our vision

A sustainable world where human rights are respected and protected and everyone has access to vital reproductive health services to help ensure their own health and wellbeing and that of the planet.

Our mission

To increase the prominence of population dynamics in international development policy, and to raise support for and investment in voluntary family planning and reproductive health services that respect and protect rights as part of wider sustainable development priorities and integrated approaches.

Our aims

  • To increase awareness of the critical relationships between population, reproductive health and environment, highlighting the significance of population dynamics, including population growth, ageing, urbanisation and migration for sustainable development.
  • To highlight the impacts of unsustainable population growth upon a range of development priorities, including poverty alleviation, food and water security, gender equality, climate change and environmental sustainability.
  • To facilitate accurate and sensitive dialogue on population matters, removing barriers that inhibit discussion and action.
  • To promote access to reproductive healthcare services, including voluntary family planning for all, calling attention to the vast unmet need for contraception that exists worldwide, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.
  • To encourage approaches focused on both population and consumption, achieving understanding that address of both these factors is necessary, and complementary.

Read why investment in family planning programmes is a highly cost-effective strategy with the potential to contribute to a wide-range of development priorities.