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Population growth and family planning - A UCL Global Health Symposium

4 March 2009


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Members of the UCL community are invited to the next UCL Institute for Global Health Symposium, 'Straight Talking: Population growth and family planning', on 16 March 2009.

Population growth is a politically charged issue, but one that needs to be addressed. The world's population is likely to increase from the current 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050, with almost all of this growth occurring in urban areas of less developed countries.

Population growth will increase pressure and competition for increasingly scarce resources, such as food, water and land. Modest changes in fertility have huge effects on population growth, so donors and governments need to address the large and growing unmet need for voluntary family planning.

At the symposium, Professor Malcolm Potts (University of California, Berkeley) will outline the key issues relating to population growth and family planning, with panellists Professor Judith Stephenson (UCL Institute for Women's Health), Professor Ruth Mace (UCL Anthropology) and Karen Newman (Population & Sustainability Network) examining the epidemiology of reproductive health, social norms and reproductive ecology.

Audience participation is a key aspect of these symposia.

  • Monday 16 March 2009
  • 5.30-7pm, with drinks to follow
  • Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street WC1E 6BT
  • Register