PSN and the Population and Climate Change Alliance

December 20, 2009


PSN is now part of a coalition, the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA), which played an active role advocating for integrated approaches to population issues and climate changes at the recent International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen earlier this month.

Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten


The Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA)

Born out of a meeting in Geneva in June 2009:

"The point of departure for the PCCA is that the climate change agenda is one of the most decisive one for all future international cooperation - and the linkages with the population-theme are obvious and controversial at the same time. If the progressive SRHR movement doesn't get the arguments around population policies right - others will take over the agenda". 

Members of the alliance include PAI, UNFPA, MSI, IPPF, Sex og Samfund (Danish IPPF member association), and the Inter-European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development.  

PCCA at Copenhagen Climate Change Summit

PCCA members agreed to develop joint advocacy efforts in order to influence the climate change agenda, and in particular the COP 15 process prior to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in October 2009. The goal of this work was to promote the integration of a rights based approach and voluntary family planning in the adaptation programmes to climate change in countries which are most affected.  

PSN and the PCCA had a strong presence at Copenhagen, facilitating meetings with parliamentarians for both the South and North, and with youth leaders from environmental NGOs.