The Population Policy Section is responsible for global monitoring of Government views and policies on key population issues, such as population size and growth, fertility and family planning, population ageing, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, spatial distribution and urbanization, and international migration. Monitoring of Government views and policies on population issues is important in tracking progress in the implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, and other internationally agreed development goals that are related to population, including the Millennium Development Goals.
The Policy Section is also responsible for implementing the United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development, set-up in 1963 at the request of the Commission on Population and Development. Between 1963 and 2013, the Secretary General has conducted ten rounds of the Inquiry. The Inquiries have been a unique and invaluable research tool in monitoring national population policies. The Eleventh United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development will be launched in early 2014.
The Policy Section has built and maintains a comprehensive, global Population Policies Database, going back to the mid-1970s.
The World Population Policies Database, last updated in 2013, provides comprehensive and up-to-date available information on the population policy situation and trends for all Member, Observer and non-member States of the United Nations. The database shows the evolution of Government views and policies with respect to population size and growth, population age structure, fertility, reproductive health and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution, and internal and international migration within the context of demographic, social and economic change. The Database is updated biennially by conducting a detailed country-by-country review of national plans and strategies, programme reports, legislative documents, official statements, and various international, inter-governmental and non-governmental sources, as well as by using official responses to the United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development. This web-interface for the Database allows users to run custom data queries on population policy and demographic indicators for all countries and selected time points since 1976, create graphs and maps, and download country profiles.
- International Migration Policies : Government Views and Priorities - (report)
- World Population Policies 2013 - (report)
- Population Facts No. 2013/5, September 2013 - Changing Landscape of International Migration Policies
- Population Facts No. 2013/1, July 2013 - Changes in Government Views and Policies on Population since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development
- International Migration Policies 2013 - (wallchart)
- World Abortion Policies 2013 - (wallchart)
- World Population Policies 2011 - (report)
- World Fertility Policies 2011 - (wallchart)
- World Abortions Policies 2011 - (wallchart)
- Population Facts No. 2010/1, Jan 2010 - Speeding progress on the Millennium Development Goals
- Panel Discussion: Contribution of Population Policy to the Achievement of the Internationally Agreed Development Goals including the Millennium Development Goals New York, 15 December 2008
- Expert Group Meeting on Policy Responses to Population Ageing and Population Decline New York, 16-18 October 2000
World Population Policies Database
An interactive online database containing population policy information for all countries since 1976