1st Edition

Coping with Population Challenges

By Louise Lassonde Copyright 1997
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite rapidly decreasing rates of population growth caused by reduced fertility in the majority of world regions, demographers are predicting that the world's population will still double by the year 2050. The question is therefore no longer the traditional one of whether the planet can support so many people, but how to provide a sustainable future for ten billion individuals. Quantitative problems have become ethical ones. Coping with Population Challenges addresses these issues in the context of international debate and agreements since the first World Population Plan of Action in 1974 to the 20-year Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. The author describes how the Programme of Action focalizes on women's issues, reproductive choice and the notion of the individual. However, she identifies a number of important but neglected areas of the debate that the Programme failed to address and brings to light some of the inconsistencies that need to be resolved if the Programme is to be implemented. The author also looks at the underlying ethical dimension of all choices relating to the population issue and suggests measures and machinery for giving effect to states' commitments, including reformulating problems and defining the appropriate economic framework for solutions. The book is an excellent introduction for the non-specialist to a very topical debate, and a useful reference for researchers. LOUISE LASSONDE is director of the Fondation du Devenir, Geneva. In her capacity as anthropologist and demographer, Dr Lassondc has worked closely with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in many countries. Originally published in 1997

    Tables and Figures Abbreviations Acknowledgments Introduction: A New Perspective 1. Points of Reference The History of the Population Debate The Ideological Context The Structure of the International Negotiations The Cairo Conference: Appearance and Reality 2. A Life of Quality Reproduction, Women and the Family: Programme of Action A New Concept: Reproductive Health Recognition of Sexuality The Female Perspective Fertility Control and Reproductive and Life Patterns Freedom of Choice Women's Work outside the Home and the Well-being of Children The Diverse Types of Family 3. Population and Development Population and Development: Programme of Action The Framework of Sustainability Sustained Economic Growth to Combat Poverty The Right to Development Two Axioms to be put into Context Feeding the People of Tomorrow: A Two-sided Problem The Populations of the Arid Regions 4. The Gaps in the Programme of Action Mortality, Ageing and Migration: Programme of Action General Mortality Population Ageing The Challenges of Migration The Political Dimension of Population 5. Practical Measures Programme of Action The Dangers of a Headlong Rush Democracy: A New Fashion or a New Dynamic? The New Partnership between Myth and Reality 6. Review of the International Negotiations Different Assessments The Latin Approach The Anglo-Saxon Approach Resolving the Inconsistencies The Demographic Perspective: The Risk of Irrelevance 7. Coping with the Challenges Facing Us From Population Control to the Transformation of Societies From Policy-making to Decision-making The Economic Decision-making Framework The New Production of Goods and Standards of Utilization Conclusion: Population as an Ethical Issue Notes and References Index


    Louise Lassonde