Concerns about the consequences of environmental change have ascended to the top of the international agenda, and have brought in their wake renewed attention to the complex interrelationships between population, environment and development. In recognition of this fact, the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs has issued the first-ever United Nations wall chart on population, environment and development.
The wall chart features new demographic data from the 2000 revision of the United Nations population estimates and projections. The demographic data include total population and population density, as well as total, urban and rural growth rates for all countries of the world. The chart also presents the most up-to-date key environmental and development indicators from other United Nations and outside sources regarding fresh water, forests, agriculture and nutrition, poverty and economic development, energy consumption, number of motor vehicles, carbon dioxide emissions and participation in international treaties relating to the environment.