In the run-up to the December 2009 Copenhagen conference on climate change, along with other key NGOs, we called for a fresh look at the factors affecting and affected by changing population. We kept up the pressure by making the point again at Cancun in November 2010.
We lobbied for population limitation to be seen as part of the solution at the Convention on Biological Diversity at Nagoya in October 2010.
We’re delighted that The Royal Society has convened a working group of experts which will spend the next 18 months examining the role of global population in sustainable development. We’ve submitted several responses to the public consultation and several of our patrons sit on the working group.
We responded to the UK government open consultation on its approach to supporting family planning in the developing world. We believe such support is critical to halting population growth and to achieving advances in health, development and women’s rights.
In the general election, our members wrote to their MPs calling for population issues to be addressed.
We campaigned hard at Copenhagen in December 2009 to stress the link between population size and climate change.