Rapid and widespread changes in global population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption, present profound challenges to human health and well-being and the natural environment.
Although much is known about these linkages, they do not feature prominently in international debates about sustainable development. In the run up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the Royal Society offered the results of a wide-ranging, international study on this interaction, in the form of its People and the Planet report.
On June 4th, 2012 AFIDEP’s Executive Director Dr. Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu presented a talk entitled “People and the Planet“ for the Royal Society report launch on global population, consumption, and the environment at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Coordinated by the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Africa Program, Dr. Zulu presented the findings of the report titled People and the Planet and discussed the prospects for genuinely sustainable development