State of World Population 2001

Footprints and Milestones - Population and Environmental Change

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Each year since 1978, UNFPA has issued a report highlighting new developments in population. Human activity is altering the planet on an unprecedented scale, the report points out. More people are using more resources with more intensity and leaving a bigger footprint on the earth than ever before. This report examines the close links between environmental conditions, population trends and prospects for alleviating poverty in developing countries. It finds that expanding women’s opportunities and ensuring their reproductive health and rights are critically important, both to improve the well-being of growing human populations and to protect the natural world.

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Action for sustainable and equitable development

At one time, “development” was understood to mean improvements in economic indicators such as gross national product, brought about by investment, aid, and other economic actions, largely by developed countries. Concerns such as individual well-being, the status of women, the health of children, and the state of the environment were considered secondary.

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