Full integration of population dynamics into sustainable development with equality and respect for human rights

Integration of population dynamics

Region countries have Instruments on Integration of population dynamics

Policies and instruments

It is impossible to adopt forward-looking policies for improving people’s lives without taking into account population dynamics, which determine the number of people, where they will live, and the composition and age structure of future populations. Population is intrinsic to development: it is shaped by economic, social and environmental forces and in turn it gives shape to future economic, social and environmental conditions. As the preamble to the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development notes, “population dynamics —growth and decline, changes in the age structure, urbanization, migration and changing household and family structures— influence the opportunities for human development, are shaped by the decisions that people take and are essential for planning economic and social growth as well as for the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental.

Priority Measures

  • Eradicate poverty

    Reinforce the public policies and actions needed to eradicate poverty and break the cycles of exclusion and inequality as a condition for achieving development in the region.
  • Human rights, gender and interculturality

    Apply a human rights approach with a gender and intercultural perspective in addressing population and development issues, and step up efforts to recognize, promote and uphold relevant goals in order to eliminate inequalities and foster social inclusion.
  • Public institutionality

    Build and strengthen national and subnational public institutions with responsibility for population and development issues, and ensure that they function in an integral and sustainable manner with the active participation of non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Population and development

    Ensure full integration of population dynamics into sustainable development planning, sectoral policies and public policies and programmes in general ―in particular in development and land-use planning― at national and subnational levels, drawing on sociodemographic knowledge and information and harnessing technological advances.
  • Sustainable development for human well-being

    Pursue sustainable development as a means of securing now and in the future human well-being for all peoples on an equitable basis, and ensuring that the linkages between population, resources, the environment and development are fully recognized, appropriately administered and maintained in a harmonious and dynamic balance with a thriving biodiversity and healthy ecosystems