FP Virtual Dialogue: Toward Peak Population
How will investments in women and girls contribute to global prosperity?
On November 15th, the world’s population is projected to surpass 8 billion people, according to the UN. The number of people on the planet will continue to increase to a projected 9.7 billion by 2050 and 10.4 billion in the 2080s, with population centers expanding most in low- and middle-income countries. These trends coincide with a slowdown in global economic growth forecasts, exacerbated by the current crises. The world will cross this population milestone against a backdrop of increasingly worrying trends, which will only serve to exacerbate food insecurity and economic precarity and contribute to the backsliding of women’s rights around the world. Elevating the status of women and girls and strengthening access to reproductive healthcare will be vital to reversing these trends and mitigating the cascading impacts from population pressure.
Against this backdrop, Foreign Policy in partnership with the Population Institute hosted a timely, action-oriented discussion on the intersectional impacts of population growth and how strengthening investments in women and girls will be central to achieving greater security and prosperity for communities around the world.
Join the conversation with #TowardPeakPopulation.