Why we must focus on human rights, not population targets 1 May 2023

In 2022, global population reached eight billion people. This milestone represents a hugely positive story of human achievement in reducing mortality rates worldwide. Yet demographic change is not always presented in a positive light. Population alarmism around both ‘overpopulation’ and ‘underpopulation’ are seen frequently in the popular press, stoked by political actors keen to exploit demographic change for their own ends

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