2022 Year in Review with Population Connection

We had Population Connection staff walk attendees through Population Education’s newest offerings for K-12 students and educators; explain how we responded to changes in the reproductive rights advocacy landscape; gave an overview of successful outreach efforts informing the public about population issues; and shared updates on our Global Partners program.

Presentation Date: January 19th, 2023

Meet the Speakers

Marian Starkey

Vice President for Communications

Pamela Wasserman

Senior Vice President for Education

Brian Dixon

Senior Vice President for Governmental and Political Affairs


How does Population Connection support/partner with other organizations?

We’re proud to partner with organizations around the world whose work helps stabilize global population. Since 2016, we’ve made grants or donations to small-to-medium sized organizations working on the ground in their communities to remove barriers to girls’ education, increase access to public health and family planning services, and conserve wildlife.

Learn more about our Global Partners here!

Even if climate change corrections are being moved on and you cut emissions in half, if population increase continues won’t we be right back with the same issues?

The majority of the world’s population lives in low to middle-income settings in which poverty and inequality are widespread alongside high population growth rates, high unmet needs for family planning, and high vulnerability to climate change. From a population perspective, it is vital to work to expand access to social and economic resources that will result in better health outcomes, reduced poverty, increased climate resilience, and slower population growth. More broadly, our global economic structures and political institutions must work to eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources and shift our production practices away from environmental exploitation and towards integrated, sustainable production and consumption.

What are prospects for permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule?

Answered by: Brian Dixon, Senior Vice President for Governmental and Political Affairs, Population Connection Action Fund

The new Republican majority definitely makes that more difficult. But, we’re going to keep making the case to members of Congress and to voters across the country that preventing this dreadful policy from coming back is crucial. And the polling we have is very encouraging. And we have been engaging people from around the world —led by Melvine Ouyo, who’s with us in this meeting—to share how harmful this policy really is for people everywhere.

Is one of the best tools to reduces population increase around most of the world to show people that your neighbors are only having 2 children per couple?

According to the UN, almost half of partnered women in low- and mid-income countries still have no decision-making power over their own bodies, meaning they do not get to make their own choices about health care, contraceptive use and whether to have sex. Additionally, 257 million women (218 million of whom are in developing countries) who wish to avoid pregnancy are not using modern, safe contraception. As a result, half of all pregnancies worldwide—or 121 million per year—are unintended. We advocate for safer, more affordable access to these essential services, because it is a human right and because it plays an essential role in stabilizing population growth. 

Should we continue to reduce immigration from countries that have much population growth?

Population Connection believes that the United States government should view immigration in a global context and focus its attention on the factors that compel people to leave their families and native homes in the first place.

Foremost among the root causes of international migration are population growth, economic stagnation, environmental degradation, climate change, resource scarcity, poverty, and political repression. Population Connection, therefore, calls on the United States to focus its foreign aid on these core issues and work cooperatively with other nations to address international migration.

Learn more about the official immigration policy of Population Connection here.