Return of the population growth factor –its impact on millennium development goals

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Media Type: Report / Policy Brief

Year of Publication: 2007

Publication City: London, UK

Author(s): All Party Parliamentary Group

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A Report of the Hearings by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.


A report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health that takes a critical look at how continuing high fertility and subsequent population growth presents challenges to development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the context of the poorest countries. “The evidence is overwhelming: the MDGs are difficult if not impossible to achieve with the current levels of population growth in the least developed countries and regions.” (p4). For each MDG, the report systematically examines how population growth affects the targeted outcomes. It could be argued, that the targets set previously by the MDGs, and now by the Sustainable Development Goals, better represent increases in wellbeing than increased GDP does. By considering how population growth challenges achievement of these goals, the report is also providing evidence for how population growth challenges increased well-being.


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  • Esther Phillips

    Why the reduction of Human population itself via Humane means such as contraception and education for BOTH sexes (rather than via conflict, disease and famine) are not a Millenium Development Goal is beyond my comprehension. I am by now questioning the very idea that we are an intelligent or even empathetic species. Very basic maths should tell anybody that using the resources of 1.7 planets and growing at a rate of over 10,000 units per hour isn’t a particularly brilliant idea and that it will all end in terrible tears.

  • stevenearlsalmony