The InterAcademy Panel Statement on Population Growth is an international scientist consensus document that discusses the issue of population growth . This is the first global joint statement of academies of science , and their cooperative InterAcademy Panel on International Issues . It was signed by 58 member academies and began as follows.

Let 1994 be remembered as the year when the people of the world decided to act for the benefit of future generations.


Between October 24 and October 27, 1993, an international „scientist’s top summit“ was held in New Delhi , India , with representatives from academies of science from all over the world. This meeting was held by the British Royal Society and the United States National Academy of Sciences , and one international meeting organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences . The economics of the world’s population and social well-being, and they are closely related to population expansion .

In the year 1950, were approximately 2.5 billion (2.500 million) humans alive in this world. By 1960, the number had reached 3 billion, and by 1975 was at 4 billion. The 5 billion mark was reached around 1987, [1] and in 1993, at the New Delhi meeting, academics estimated to be 5.5 billion. For some time, world food production was able to roughly match population growth, meaning that starvationwas a regional and distributional problem, rather than one based on a total shortage of food. The scientists noted that increased food production was on the rise in the past decade. Moreover, by increased food production and otherwise, the population growth was a loss of biodiversity , deforestation and loss of topsoil , and shortages of water and fuel. The academics noted that the complexity of the relationship between the population and the environment is not fully understood, but that „there is no doubt that the threat to the ecosystem is linked to population size and resource use“. They were aware of the problems with increasinggreenhouse emissions and other environmental threats.

The scientists decided to adopt a resolution on the subject and to make it easier for the respective national academies of science. In 1993, they also established the InterAcademy Panel , in order to coordinate this and future global consensus resolutions on important global warming

Statement summary

The academies note that „the world is undergoing an unprecedented population expansion“, and that it is necessary to stop it. In fact, we must reach „zero population growth within the lifetime of our children“, which is defined as „the improvement of the quality of life for all, both now and succeeding generations“ , including „social, economic and personal well-being while preserving fundamental human rights and the ability to live harmoniously in a protected environment“.

Moreover, these goals are achievable, but in order to achieve them it is not enough to halt the population expansion. At the same time, a number of actions need to be taken, in order to improve health and welfare, and lessen the negative impact on the environment . Finally, more research is needed.

The proposed actions are codified in 21 points. Those who are directly concerned with the growth of the population, and the importance of family planning, the role of family planning, the promotion of reproductive health, and the promotion of reproductive health. behavior „. In this case, the provisions of the Act do not include any kind of coercion.

Other points include governmental policies recognizing longer-term environmental responsibilities; assistance from the industrialized world to the developing world for environmental problems; and taking into account the influence of consumer behavior, and transitions to less energy consumptive economies.


  1. Jump up^ AN statistics and interpolation of population growth Archived2009-10-12 at theWayback Machine.