Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goal
The soon-to-expire Millennium Development Goals have guided international development for 15 years. In 2007, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health published a report, Return of the Population Growth Factor: Its Impact upon the Millennium Development Goals. The report examined the impact of population growth on the Millennium Development Goals and targets and found that some would be difficult or impossible to achieve. Now, in 2015, we know that many of the Millennium Development Goals and targets have not been achieved, and the planned follow-up framework, the Sustainable Development Goals, may suffer similar pitfalls.
The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health decided to host a series of parliamentary Hearings to draw attention to the role of population dynamics in achieving sustainable development, and its interplay with climate change and with conflict. The Hearings called for evidence from governmental and nongovernmental organisations, institutions and individuals. This report and its recommendations are based on the evidence submitted to the Hearings.