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PSN is an international network bringing together development, environment and reproductive health organisations, government departments and policy research organisations to clarify and increase awareness of the importance for sustainable development of both population and consumption factors.

PSN's mission is:
To increase the prominence of population dynamics within the agendas of governments, policy research bodies and NGOs (development and environment) in order to increase support for and investment in voluntary family planning and reproductive health services that respect and protect rights as part of existing development priorities, including maternal health (MDG 5) and the protection of the environment (MDG 7), and emerging priorities, such as climate change and fragile states.

PSN aims:
o To highlight the negative impact of rapid population increase on economic development, poverty alleviation and the natural environment, work to remove barriers that inhibit discussion and action on population matters and promote greater awareness of the importance of population planning among policy makers, media and the general public.
o To promote the adequate provision of reproductive healthcare facilities and education for the 215 million women and their partners who want to avoid pregnancy but do not have access to modern contraceptives, often because of non-availability of family planning services.
o To encourage better understanding of the problems caused by unsustainable consumption (particularly in the rich minority world) - especially as they relate to climate change, pressure on finite resources and biodiversity.
The Network was established to promote discussion and collaboration on population and consumption issues, particularly with reference to the following shared concerns and aims of members:
o Insufficient attention awarded to the negative impact of population increase upon poverty alleviation and socio-economic development in the global South, and the global environmental consequences of unsustainable patterns of consumption by the global North.
o Lack of realisation of women's rights to plan and space their pregnancies as they choose.
o The multiple barriers women and couples face in accessing voluntary family planning services, including: lack of political support for and investment in reproductive health programmes, lack of education and information about family planning options, and social and cultural barriers, including gender inequalities and religious barriers.
o To overcome the silence on population issues and the association of population issues with coercive population control of the 60s and 70s, by advancing voluntary, rights-based family planning programmes.
o To address the complexities and sensitivities obstructing constructive, integrated dialogue on population and consumption issues in relation to global sustainability.
o Lack of collaboration on inter-related population and consumption issues amongst the reproductive health, development and environment sectors.
o Promote increased understanding of the links between population and climate change and advance approaches, such as contraction and convergence, which mirror the PSN Population Consumption Coin concept by recognizing the twin rights and responsibilities of the developed and developing worlds.

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Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - DFID

Major Groups:
African Women?s Economic Policy Network
Blue Ventures
Community Health Action Trust
DSW Germany
International Institute for Co-operation between Peoples (El Salvador)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Partners in Population and Development (Africa Office)
Population, Health Environment (PHE) Ethiopia Consortium

UN System:
United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) (United States of America)

Best Foot Forward (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Centre for Alternative Technology (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Institute for Global Health, UCL (University College London)
UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

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This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2022-12-31
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