PSN presents at conference on population and the environment in Istanbul

May 18, 2008

SOURCE: PSN

Population and Sustainability Network was pleased to participate at a conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Environmental Degradation and Climate Change, co-hosted by the EuroNGOs network and the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) in Istanbul.

Credit: UN Photo/Fred Noy 

 

An international event

The event which took place on May 15th and 16th brought together 32 representatives from the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), humanitarian and environmental sectors from the EU member States, the USA and Africa in order to further understanding on the linkages between population issues, climate change and the environment.

Representatives from UNFPA, WHO, IPPF, Population Action International, DSW, World Watch Institute and Global Footprint Network were some of the international delegates at the two day event.

PSN discusses ethical considerations of population issues

PSN’s new coordinator, Karen Newman, spoke in the same session as Frances Kissling, Former President and founder of Catholics for Free Choice, whilst addressing the ethical considerations implicit with SRHR and population related issues.

Cross-sector partnerships are needed

PSN also led a workshop with delegates to examine the links and further discussion about the impact of the population factor on environmental degradation and the links between climate change and population.

With the combined knowledge from the SRHR and environmental sector, lively discussion ensured, and stimulated by a diverse range of presentations, concluded that there is pressing need for further partnership between the two sectors.

Examining the implications

The findings also emphasised that this relationship is multifaceted and densely nuanced with a great need for further research, since while experts agree that there is a connection between population and environment, with the current paucity in empirical findings the exact relationship will remain contested territory.

Given the emerging interest in the relationship between population growth, other general demographic trends, and climate change the strategic workshop was an important initial step within Europe to encourage discussion and examine the implications for donors and policy makers.

Moving Forward

PSN plans to build upon this initiative with a proposal to hold an International Forum with government specialists, academics, policy makers and NGO personnel in order to map out key target areas for research and subsequently appropriate policy responses.

Further information about the conference and the presentations is available on the EuroNGOs website.