Sustainable development

Briefing on thematic reports of the Secretary-General held in preparation for the forty-eighth session of the Commission on Population and Development

Overview

The special theme for the forty-eighth session of the Commission on Population and Development, which will take place during 13-17 April 2015, will be “Realizing the future we want: Integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda”. In preparation for the Commission, this briefing will review the thematic reports of the Secretary-General that are under consideration by the Commission.

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Expert group meeting on population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development

Overview

The question of how to feed a growing global population has been central to discussions around population and development for decades. While the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development highlighted the problem of undernutrition, today's discussion of malnutrition is broader and includes stunting, wasting, overweight and obesity, as well as micronutrient deficiencies. Moreover, there is an increasing recognition of the challenges to food security posed by factors such as climate change, conflict and economic downturns.

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Expert group meeting on changing population age structures and sustainable development

Overview

The world population is experiencing a historical shift in its age distribution, from the mostly young age structures of the past, towards larger proportions of middle-aged and older persons in the present and future decades. This shift is driven by the demographic transition from high to lower levels of both fertility and mortality. The social and economic consequences of these changes vary greatly across regions and countries.

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