Welcome to the Population Reference Bureau – our latest member!

September 14, 2016

SOURCE: PSN

We are delighted to welcome the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) into our Network. PRB works to inform people around the world about population, health and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.

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Based in Washington, DC, in the United States, PRB is committed to empowering people with knowledge. It analyses and interprets demographic, health and environmental data and trends, and shares that information with people and organisations at all levels. From decision makers and community leaders, to youth in the US and internationally, the information PRB shares helps advocate for and enact policy changes, advancing the health of people around the world.

Kristen P. Patterson, Programme Director for Population, Health and Environment at PRB said, “I appreciate the Population & Sustainability Network’s enthusiasm to further engage the conservation community to support reproductive health and sustainability by recently joining the IUCN. I look forward to collaborating with PSN and its Members to promote positive messages around population, reproductive health, and sustainability and expand support for integrated population, health, and environment approaches to sustainable development at the country level as a means of efficiently and effectively achieving the SDGs.”

Jeffrey Jordan, President and CEO of PRB said, “We are proud to add our evidence-based research, capacity-building and advocacy voice to the Network and look forward to continued collaboration with PSN and all its Members.”

David Johnson, Chief Executive of PSN said, “We are not only excited that PRB have become our latest Member, but also that we will be marking that membership tomorrow, when we host our first joint webinar.” On Wednesday 14 September 2016, PRB in partnership with PSN and fellow PSN Members the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, are hosting a webinar on the links between reproductive health, sustainable development and conservation. Topics discussed will include past and future advocacy activities on the connections between family planning and climate change, COP22 activities, FP2020 linkages, and a new population, health and environment project being implemented by PSN and the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa.

The webinar will take place between 4pm and 5pm East Africa Time (Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda); 3pm and 4pm South Africa Standard Time; 9am and 10am Eastern Daylight Time (Washington, DC); and 2pm and 3pm (London). 

The partnership between PSN had PRB pre-dates PRB’s formal membership of PSN. PSN’s Projects and Communications Manager, Kat Lloyd, said, “Back in 2015 PSN was honoured to be invited to participate in a PRB expert working group on population dynamics and climate compatible development, which comprised experts from the climate change, family planning, and development assistance communities and we’re pleased that we can today announce we are deepening this collaboration further.” The expert working group recommended the inclusion of universal access to voluntary family planning in climate compatible development plans. PRB and PSN anticipate that PRB’s membership will only enhance the two organisations’ work together on these critically important issues.