September 25, 2008

Investment in Voluntary Family Planning Could Counter Rapid Population Growth’s Destabilizing Effects, Say World Watch Authors


Contact: Sharon McCarter of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, +1-202-691-4016, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Countries can promote stability and economic growth by investing in voluntary family planning programs, argue Liz Leahyof Population Action International and Sean Peoplesof the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) in the September/October 2008 issue of World Watchmagazine.

"While no reasonable expert would argue that there is a simple causal relationship between demography and security...demographic trends can clearly interact with poverty, poor governance, competition for natural resources, and environmental degradation to contribute to conflict," write Leahy and Peoples. They say that voluntary family planning can promote stability by leading to higher savings and wages, greater per-capita spending on health and education at both the household and government levels, and increased participation of women in the work force.

This special population issue of World Watchalso includes a piece on population, health, and the environment by Lori Hunterof the University of Colorado, Boulder; an exploration of population growth and environmental degradation by Bernard Orimboof the German Foundation for World Population; and a short history of population trends by Robert Engelmanof the Worldwatch Institute

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On September 30 at 3:00 p.m., ECSP and the Worldwatch Institute will co-sponsor the launch of the September/October 2008 issue of World Watch.You can submit questions for the speakers to [email protected]

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What: Launch ofWorld WatchMagazine's Population Issue

Who:Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs, Worldwatch Institute

Karen Hardee, Vice President of Research, Population Action International

Thomas Prugh, Editor, World Watch

Sean Peoples, Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program

When: Tuesday, September 30, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where:Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor Conference Room

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholarsis the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. http://

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Programhas explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security. http://

Sharon McCarter, Director of Outreach and Communications

Phone: (202) 691-4016

[email protected]

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