Realizing population/development commitments beyond 2014

Civil society, the UN system and other partners will join Governments at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, 22 September, for the Special Session of the General Assembly on Population and Development. The Governments will gather at the highest political level to follow up on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, to assess the status of implementation of the Programme of Action and to renew political support for actions required for the full … [Read more...]

World Urbanization Prospects Worldwide

Revealing urbanization trends worldwide The world’s urban population has grown rapidly since 1950 and the coming decades will bring further profound changes to its size and distribution. On 10 July, UN DESA’s Population Division will release the latest urbanization trends, providing data that are critical for assessing current and future needs with respect to urban growth. Scheduled for launch on 10 July, just one day before World Population Day, the latest version of the World … [Read more...]

DESA, ‘ever changing world preparing beyond 2015’

“We need sustainable statistics to support sustainable development”   For almost as long as the UN has existed, development data has been collected, generating a crucial asset for the international community. Behind this important effort is UN DESA’s Statistics Division, led by Stefan Schweinfest. In DESA News, he shares what it takes to measure an ever changing world and to prepare for development beyond 2015.     “Statistics is one of those quiet areas where the … [Read more...]

September 13, National Geographic and UNFPA – 7 Billion in October 2011

The United Nations, U.S. Government, Advocates and Celebrities focus on Unleashing the Power of Half the World’s Population WASHINGTON – In late October 2011, world population will reach 7 billion people. Given this new reality, unleashing the power of women and girls is key to alleviating poverty and accelerating progress on global development goals. National Geographic magazine created a yearlong series—including a feature on changing fertility patterns in Brazil in the September … [Read more...]

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