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Addressing Population and Development Issues to Attain Sustainable Development

APDA pursues its mission to promote social development and economic growth, enhance welfare and peace, and attain sustainable development globally through research and international cooperation on population and development.

Stabilizing any country’s population constitutes an indispensable condition for its achieving sustainable development. In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. Building on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs act as a platform for the work being undertaken to achieve development across a range of areas. With the aim of achieving the SDGs, and in order to build societies where the dignity of people can be protected, APDA has joined forces with governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, and companies to work on putting population-related issues at the center of efforts to achieve sustainable development.

In particular APDA is promoting the role that parliamentarians can play in addressing population-related issues especially in Asia, Africa and Arab, in the conviction that the building of accountability and transparency towards a country’s citizens will form the foundation for the global partnerships that have been espoused as an indispensable condition for realizing the SDGs.

APDA’s Activities towards Population Stabilization Entails:

  • 1. Supporting parliamentarians’ activities
  • 2. Conducting study and research on population and development
  • Population and Public Health/Agriculture and Rural Development/Social Security Systems/ Human Resource Development/International Labor Mobility

  • 3. Advocacy
  • Achieving Universal Access to RH Services/Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women and Girls/Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to Leave No One Behind /Realizing an Active, Healthy Aging Society


Addressing Population Issues


Achieving Sustainable Development & Human Dignity

Addressing Population and Development Issues
to Attain Sustainable Development

The world as we know today is increasingly changing and interconnected and poses important challenges to global issues of energy, food, human security, poverty, and the environment. The world population is still on the rise and is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and surpass 10 billion by 2100. The population of Africa, with the fastest growth rate in the world, was one billion in 2011 but is expected to more than triple to 3.6 billion in 2100. On the other hand, developed countries are concerned about the issues of rapidly aging populations and fewer children.

From one end of the spectrum to the other, population issues are becoming more and more diverse, posing a range of economic and social challenges. In dealing with the increasing burdens these demographic conditions bring to our societies, a sustainable approach to how we live in dignity and in harmony with the Earth’s carrying capacity is needed, and finding solutions to stabilize populations is a vital step in this endeavor.

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