On the day you read this, the population of our planet will increase by 230,000 people.
Overall, the world population is increasing by more than 86 million people every year.
Current population trends are cause for both optimism and concern. Some developing
countries are moving rapidly toward population stability. But other countries are
experiencing rapid population growth, usually accompanied and accentuated by
high levels of poverty, limited progress for women, and high levels of internal
and international migration. Such rapid growth places enormous pressure on natural
resources, urban infrastructure and services, and governments at all levels.
Population Action International
Population Action International (PAI) is dedicated to advancing policies and
programs that slow population growth in order to enhance the quality of life
for all people. PAI advocates the expansion of voluntary family planning, other
reproductive health services, and educational and economic opportunities for
girls and women. These strategies promise to improve the lives of individual
women and their families while slowing the world's population growth.
The Population Council, a nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization
established in 1952, seeks to improve the wellbeing and reproductive health of
current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane,
equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council
analyzes population issues and trends; conducts research in the social and
reproductive sciences; develops new contraceptives; works with public and
private agencies to improve the quality and outreach of family planning and
reproductive health services; helps governments design and implement effective
population policies; communicates the results of research in the population field
to diverse audiences; and helps strengthen professional resources in developing
countries through collaborative research and programs, technical exchange,
awards, and fellowships.
The mission of The Population Institute is to provide essential leadership in creating
national and international awareness of the social, economic and environmental
implications of rapid population growth. The Institute is dedicated to bringing
about global population stabilization and a future generation of population activists.
The Institute advocates U.S. support for international, national and private population
programs, especially in areas of the world where problems of overpopulation are most critical.
Population Reference Bureau
The Population Reference Bureau is a nonprofit, nonadvocacy, educational organization.
They work with both public-sector and private-sector partners to increase the amount,
accuracy, and usefulness of information about population trends and their implications.
Population Services International
Population Services International (PSI) is an unusual nonprofit organization dedicated to
improving the health of low-income people worldwide. They seek to improve world
health through social marketing -- a cost-efficient, results-oriented approach more akin
to private businesses than to other non-profits. Social marketing uses commercial distribution
and advertising techniques to make essential health products easily available at affordable
prices and to promote healthier behavior.
UN Population Information Network
The goal if this site is to identify, establish, strengthen and coordinate population information
activities at international, regional and national levels; to facilitate and enhance the availability
of population information in collaboration with the regional commissions, the specialized
agencies and the NGO population community; and to provide a forum for the exchange of
experiences among developed and developing countries on population information issues.
Zero Population Growth
Zero Population Growth is a national nonprofit organization working to slow population
growth and achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources.
They seek to protect the environment and ensure a high quality of life for present and
future generations. ZPG's education and advocacy programs aim to influence public
policies, attitudes, and behavior on national and global population issues and related concerns.