Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Rate of population growth slowing

    27 February 2003

    The world's human population will increase from today's 6.3 billion to 8.9 billion by 2050, according to the World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision, published by the UN Population Division. This means a smaller increase of 2.6 billion, instead of the 3 billion projected two years ago. Nearly all of the projected growth will occur in developing countries.

  • China redefines its one-child regulation

    14 January 2003

    Hubei has become the latest province in China to revise its birth-control policy since the amended national family planning law came into force in September (2002).

  • Good reproductive health essential to reducing poverty, says UN report

    5 December 2002

    Lower birth rates and slower population growth over the last three decades have contributed to faster economic progress in a number of developing countries, according to UN Population Fund's, State of World Population 2002 report.

  • Two-child policy 'will not work'

    25 November 2002

    The 'two-child norm' adopted by some Indian states violates the spirit of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, according to Dr Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

  • New report reveals top ten risks to health

    22 November 2002

    A new report reveals for the first time that 40 per cent of global deaths are due to just 10 major health risks, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in its yearly report. And, worldwide, healthy life expectancy can be increased by 5-10 years if governments and individuals make combined efforts against the major health risks in each region.

  • Australia's families are smallest ever

    21 November 2002

    The total fertility rate in Australia dropped to 1.73 children per woman in 2001, the lowest level ever recorded in that country, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The total fertility rate represents the average number of children women are having today.

  • US threatens to pull out of population accord

    5 November 2002

    In a startling challenge to the United Nations and the international community, the Bush administration is threatening to withdraw its support for the hard-fought Cairo consensus on population and development, which the United States helped to draw up eight years ago.

  • World Population Report highlights water challenge

    3 October 2002

    As human numbers and consumption continue to rise, unsustainable practices and policies are undermining the natural resources on which we all depend, threatening the well-being of people and the planet, says the 2001 State of the World Population report from the United Nations.

  • Population-development link recognised in Africa

    26 September 2002

    Africa recognizes the close links between population policies and development, according to the recent findings of a panel of eminent persons appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

  • Vietnam's environment under stress, says World Bank

    23 September 2002

    Despite impressive economic growth and gains in poverty reduction, Vietnam's environment has suffered gravely at the expense of its economic success, says a World Bank report.