Nations (UN): United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
AGENDA 21 CHAPTERS AND PROGRAMME AREAS OF PARTICULAR FOCUS OR INTEREST:
See check list in annex.
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF AND LINKS TO INFORMATION ACTIVITIES:
Collection, Observation, Monitoring
Methodologies, Quality Control, Harmonization
With FAO: Planning for Community Forestry and Population Issues - developing
planning and management tools to facilitate integration of demographic
variables in participatory planning exercises advocated in social forestry.
Strengthening of research and training in population
and development dynamics of rural fishing communities: to improve knowledge
based on population dynamics in artisanal fishing communities and interaction
with its natural resource base through the integration of population
concerns into fishery research and training programmes.
With IIASA: Population - Development - Environment:
Understanding their interactions. Study done in context of Mauritius.
Population Development Environment model developed by IIASA utilizes
population, economy, water and land use data for setting priorities
and guiding policy in natural resource management and population policies.
Integration of Population in Environmental Management
in Pacific Island Countries (with SPREP) : aimed at increasing awareness
of the inter linkages between population and environment to facilitate
incorporation into policy and planning at community level.
With IUCN: Integrating Population and Environment
in Strategies for Sustainable Development: To promote the development
of sustainable global and local societies by integrating population
and environment issues into planning and implementing strategies for
sustainable development through:
i) the preparation and dissemination of two handbooks to assist national
policy makers (a) in the integration of the population-resource balance
in sectoral planning exercises and (b) in linking population and environment
in strategies for sustainable development; and ii) the creation of Population-Environment
Networks as specific strategy to link population and environment issues
at national and regional levels.
With TATA Energy and Resource Institute: Organization
of a Conference on the interactions between Population, Environment
and Sustainable Development.
Population and Development Scenarios for the Future - Study on linkages
between demographic factors and sustainable development to formulate
integrated national development policies in this respect (with MIT).
UNFPA chairs the ACC Task Force on Basic Social Services for All. In
this capacity, UNFPA is actively involved in the development, inter
alia, of a common list of indicators to measure the progress towards
achieving the goals and commitments of the United Nations Conferences.
The Fund is also an active member of the Inter-agency group working
on defining the Minimum National Social Data Set that will generate
the indicators for the follow-up of the international conferences.
Expert Systems/Decision-support systems
Network Development and Support
Direct technical assistance and advisory services to decision-makers
through UNFPA Country Support Teams in all sectors of population policies
and programmes, including assistance and training for institutional
Training of key personnel,
support for provision of population data and information on the linkages
between population, environment and development. Within UNFPA Global
Programme of Training in Population and Sustainable Development: Introduction
in the curriculum of the programme of special courses on methodologies
and analytical tools to enhance the understanding of the interactions
between population and environment variables.
Office/Person (for inquiries or follow-up):
Ms Vivien Ponniah
Technical and Policy Division
220 East 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
Fax: + 212 370-0201
Mr Alphonse L. MacDonald
UNFPA Office in Geneva
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 8574
Fax: +41 22 917 8016
Earthwatch Focal Point
February 1997, updated October 1998