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Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is mourning the loss of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, who died earlier in the week at his home in New York aged 68.
Dr. Osotimehin, a Nigerian physician and public health expert, had been UNFPA’s Executive Director since 2011, with the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
SPA’s national president, Dr James Ward, says Dr Osotimehin will be missed because of his commitment to women’s reproductive health and rights.
“He understood how important they were in purely humanitarian terms but also how they were integral to stabilising population growth,” says Dr Ward.

June 9 2017

SPA Newsletter 128 - Jun 2017


Jenny Goldie reflects on 29 years of SPA

James Ward et al on the decoupling delusion

William Rees on the wages of self-delusion

Vale Bryan Furnass

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Australia’s population

Our nation adds one person every 1 minute and 22 seconds, needing equivalent of a new city the size of Canberra each year.

Ecological limits

Humanity is now using the biocapacity of 1½ planets each year. By 2025 two-thirds of the world’s people may be under water stress.

Family planning and women’s empowerment

Over 40% of pregnancies are unintended. Early marriage, low education and no contraception trap women and families in a poverty cycle.

Global population

Over 80 million people are added each year – equivalent to an extra Egypt. Since 2000 the growth has rebounded due to neglect of family planning.

SPA supports Global Population Speak Out

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Rod Quantock at his funny best uses his humour to tackle the important matter of too many people, the environmental and social costs of too many people. You will be both informed and amused by this brilliant presentation.

Rod Quantock SPA AGM 2016

Kelvin describes the importance of limiting population growth, of the opposition from many quarters to discussing this matter, including vested interests as well as politicians and media for fear of being called racist

Kelvin Thomson SPA AGM 2016