• Lead-organizer: Population Action International
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 16 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

From Rio to Cairo to Rio? and Beyond

Organizing partners

Population Action International, Washington DC, USA
African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), Accra, Ghana


Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development. Chapter 5 of Agenda 21 affirms the synergistic relationship between demographic factors and sustainable development, as well as the key role of women?s empowerment and reproductive health, including family planning. The chapter also calls for formulation of integrated national policies for environment and development, taking into account demographic trends and factors. These linkages were emphasized in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action, adopted in Cairo, Egypt in 1994. Virtually all development policies in Sub-Saharan Africa cite population growth as an inhibitor to efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure food security, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of human resources. However, little integration of population dynamics and environmentally sustainable development plans and programs has been achieved. Climate change has become the face of the international discourse on environmental sustainability, and it is increasingly seen as a major threat to sustainable development in Africa.

Detailed programme

Why this side event?
Rio +20 provides an important opportunity to reaffirm the importance of population dynamics and sustainable development planning and implementation, especially in the face of global climate change.

Expected Outcome
It is expected that the discussions will help inform post Rio+20 frameworks (such as Post MDGs 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals ) and ensure that population dynamics including women?s empowerment and reproductive health issues are recognized as part of global efforts towards green economy, poverty eradication, and sustainable development.

This event will bring together leaders from the environment, gender, and international development communities for a discussion of the ways in which reproductive health, gender, climate change and sustainable development are linked. Participants will share perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in linking these issues in a growing world population of 7 billion, and identify strategies for productive dialogue. The event will provide opportunities for networking among like-minded individuals and organizations from around the world.

The event will featured 3-4 panelists from Population Action International (PAI), African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Regional Institute for Population Studies? To set the stage, a brief presentation on Why Population Matters will be presented by PAI to highlight how and why population impacts many aspects of our lives, including issues as diverse as poverty, health, education, water, and forests. PAI and AFIDEP will present results from research collaboration on population dynamics, climate change and sustainable development in Africa, including policy and program environment assessments in Kenya and Malawi. RIPS will discuss f urbanization, migration and gender aspects as they relate to climate change adaptation and development in West Africa. Groups will describe successful approaches that link reproductive health with natural resource management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. A moderated discussion will follow.

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