This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. ICPD is recognized by many as catalyzing a shift toward sexual and reproductive health and rights and women’s empowerment and away from population control in family planning. However, as the DifferenTakes series has chronicled, many government policies, donor funding strategies, environmental group campaigns, and international family planning approaches have continued to rely on population control tactics in the years since ICPD. These include the use of incentives, coercion and targets as well as an over reliance on long-acting reversible contraception and sterilization. In some countries, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, as well as transgender and intersex people, continue to be forcibly and coercively sterilized.
In recognition of these harmful continuances, PopDev is pleased to publish this statement, which was collaboratively written in the spirit of feminist challenges to population control around the 1994 ICPD. At the time of this publication, over 250 individuals and organizations from 26 countries have endorsed it. The statement recognizes and challenges population control in the time of climate change and promotes a social justice approach to addressing environmental racism, nationalism and hate, and to promoting reproductive health. Readers seeking to learn more can access “Confronting Populationism.”