Workshop on prospects for fertility decline in high fertility countries


The past four decades have witnessed tremendous changes in fertility levels in developing countries. Many countries have recorded dramatic declines in total fertility rates and in many others fertility has started to decline. Despite those trends, there remain 48 countries that have fertility levels above 5 children per woman. In Africa alone, the countries that have not yet embarked on their fertility transition account for over a fifth of the population of the continent. 


Commission on Population and Development, thirty-fourth session (2001)

Population, environment and development

Bureau members


  • Mr. Makoto Atoh (Japan) - Asia-Pacific Group



  • Mr. José Roberto Andino Salazar (El Salvador) - Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
  • Mr. Antonio Golini (Italy) - Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
  • Mr. Jacques Van Zuydam (South Africa) - African Group
  • Ms. Gediminas Šerkšnys (Lithuania) - Eastern-European Group