(Front row, from left:) At the World Population Day 2022 high-level meeting, Representative Bernadette Herrera, POPDEV Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Leila Joudane and Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon will lead fellow stakeholders in crafting policies to maximize the potential of Filipinos as collective contributors to the country’s progress and development. IAN JOSEPH PUBLICO/POPCOM

World Population Day 2022: Local leaders, partners to tap potential of Filipinas, young Pinoys

The global population is projected to reach eight billion on 15 November 2022, according to the World Population Prospects 2022 released on Monday by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Latest projections by the United Nations suggest that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.4 billion in 2100. More than half of the estimated increase in global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in just eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Philippines.
Many groups may meet this announcement with alarmism: fears that the world is on the verge of a disastrous overpopulation that may result in extreme poverty, conflict, or adverse environmental impacts. However, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) calls on countries to expand their perspective beyond the numbers.

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POPDEV Undersecretary Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III at the 55th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development. POPCOM FILE PHOTO

POPCOM chief: Gains, losses mark PHL’s march in achieving SDGs

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unmistakable demarcation line in the country’s progress for attaining the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite the current administration’s amplified efforts on sexual and reproductive health rights and services (SRHRS) as well as population and development (POPDEV) figuring prominently its 10-point socioeconomic agenda.

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A view of the opening of the 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development, CPD55 (25-29 April) on the theme “Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth”. Seated at dais are, from left to right: Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Enrique A. Manalo, chair of the 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development and Permanent Representative of Philippines to the United Nations; and Cherith Norman Chalet, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management.

UPPI prof: PHL’s window on demographic opportunity closing fast

The Philippines is in an ideal position to achieve its much-pursued demographic dividend in the near future, but needs to improve on some socioeconomic preconditions before its window of opportunity closes soon.
This was revealed by Prof. Michael del Mundo of the UP-Population Institute (UPPI) in an online presentation during the Joint Side Event of the 55th United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development summit (CPD 55) on April 21.

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