AFIDEP advocates for incorporation of population dynamics in the future we want at Rio+20
23 July 2012

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. At this conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape the initial action steps on how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.

Rio+20 focused on two main themes: the green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The Executive Director of AFIDEP, Dr Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu, partook in the following events at Rio+20:

People and the Planet: Population, Consumption, and the Environment
This June 13th, 2012 event focused on the linkages between population, consumption and the environment, specifically concentrating on the global demographic diversity and unequal consumption.

Despite recognition of the linkages between population and consumption by the international community on several occasions, these have been absent from recent discussion around sustainable development.

The event thus described the linkages between population, consumption, and the environment and offered ways for sustainable development and proposed Sustainable Development Goals.

A co-organizer of this event, Dr. Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu focused his presentation on global and regional population dynamics, global and regional trends in the consumption of natural resources and how the combination of these two factors is bringing us closer to environmental limits.

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The Role of Population in Sustainable Development
Drawing on the Royal Society’s recently published People and the Planet study, Dr. Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu discussed the relationship between global population size and changing demographic trends, consumption and the environment, as well as their implications for sustainable development and human well-being.

From Rio to Cairo to Rio”¦ and Beyond
On June 16th, 2012, various environment, gender, and international development stakeholders discussed the linkages between reproductive health, gender, climate change and sustainable development.

Participants shared perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in linking these issues in a growing world population of 7 billion, and identified strategies for productive dialogue.

A co-organizer of this event, AFIDEP’s Dr. Eliya Zulu presented results of their collaboration with Population Action International (PAI) on population dynamics, climate change, and sustainable development in Africa. The presentation focused on policy and program environment assessments in Kenya and Malawi.

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