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     A global commitment to eradicate poverty and promote sustained economic growth and sustainable development was forged in the United Nations conferences and summits of the 1990s, was advanced in 2000 with the adoption of the Millennium Declaration, and recently was reinforced by Heads of State and Government in the outcome document of the 2005 World Summit. In the years leading up to the global conferences held during the 1990s, there was growing recognition by scholars, policy makers and the general public that population trends are inextricably linked with the availability of resources, the state of the environment, and economic and social development. At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994, and the series of conferences reviewing progress achieved since those meetings, a global agreement emerged on the need for a sustainable relationship between human numbers, resources and development. With a view to improving knowledge of relationships among aspects of population, resources, environment and development, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division has produced the PRED database, drawing on a variety of national-level comparative data and documents. This publication provides a set of country profiles showing the current situation and recent trends in population, resources, environment and development indicators, based on PRED Bank database, version 4 (2005).

     The compilation of the data shown in these country profiles was made possible by the substantive support of various United Nations agencies and departments at the United Nations Secretariat. In addition to population estimates and projections produced by the Population Division, the data series shown in here include statistics provided by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and by FAO, ILO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) and the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre.
Chapter I: Variables in the Country Profile
Chapter II: PRED Radar Graphs
Chapter III: Country Profiles
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