Collaborations

UNFPA partners with scientists, civil society and the private sector

From the start it was the objective of UNFPA to develop a shared understanding on the linkages between population and sustainable development amongst key stakeholders and to this end UNFPA partnered with sister agencies, the scientific community, civil society and the private sector:

11-12 January 2012: Consultation with the World Economic Forum

In January this year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNFPA brought together experts from the public and private sector to debate the linkages between population and sustainable development and prepare a joint statement. The discussion focused one the nexus between water, food, energy and population, which emerges as a major constraint to sustained economic growth and social progress. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, has further elaborated these linkages in his intervention at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos.

31 October 2011: Open and informal discussion with all stakeholders.

On 31 October 2011 – when the world population reached the 7 billion mark – UNFPA and the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized an open and informal discussion with diverse stakeholders, including civil society organizations, on population and sustainable development challenges. At the event, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, addressed the challenges of creating a sustainable future for Earth’s seven billion people. Brice Lalonde, Co-Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, discussed the integration of population issues in the preparations for Rio+20. Prof. Wolfgang Lutz, leader of the World Population Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), presented the Laxenburg Declaration.

30 September-1 October: Meeting of high-level science panel.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), with financial and substantive participation from UNFPA, convened an independent high-level panel of scientists of various disciplines to discuss the links between population dynamics and sustainable development. The panel -- which met in Laxenburg, Austria --produced the Laxenburg Declaration on Demography and Sustainable Development. The signatories submitted the declaration to the compilation document, and for consideration of the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

7 September 2011: Discussion at Executive Board.

UNFPA initiated a special session on Rio+20 during the Second Regular Session of the Joint Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS. Delegations welcomed this initiative and encouraged UNFPA to encourage the integration of population issues in sustainable development.

23 June 2011: Consultations with international agencies.

UNFPA produced a concept paper and convened an inter-agency meeting on population dynamics and sustainable development. The consultation was attended by representatives of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) – notably the Population Division, the Division for Social Policy and Development and the Division for Sustainable Development – United Nations Regional Commissions, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN HABITAT, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. The concept paper – which received a critical review and valuable inputs by these agencies – was shared with the UNCSD secretariat.