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2014 News Items

  • December 10, 2014 - Population Institute Names 35th Annual Global Media Award Winners
    The Population Institute today is pleased to announce the winners of the 35th annual Global Media Awards competition. This year’s award recipients addressed a wide range of population-related issues, including the status of women, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people; reproductive health in developing countries; the implications of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision; climate change and its human toll; population and the environment; the transformative impact of a population, health, and environment (PHE) project in Africa, and the growing number of young women in America who are resisting social pressures and choosing not to have children. These are important issues that affect human lives, the health of women and their families, and the future of the planet. The Population Institute is proud to recognize this year’s winners for their profound insights and their journalistic excellence. Their voices deserve to be heard and their efforts acknowledged.
  • December 08, 2014 - Population Institute Selects Second Werner Fornos Fellow
    The Population Institute today proudly announced the selection of Katherine Northcott as the Institute’s second Werner Fornos Fellow. Northcott recently returned from serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, where she worked as a Community Health Development Agent. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she attended Northwestern University, where she received a B.A. in Economics, African Studies, and French and interned with sexual health organizations in Chicago. Northcott will be assisting in the preparation of several upcoming reports.
  • September 26, 2014 - Population Institute Celebrates World Contraception Day
    The Population Institute, in honor of World Contraception Day, has released a new fact sheet and infographic detailing the ways that family planning saves the lives of women and children in the developing world.
  • June 20, 2014 - Population Institute Co-Hosts Summer Intern Series
    On Tuesday June 17th the Population Institute held the first in a four-part series of intern receptions titled "Health, Rights, and Cupcakes." The event was held at the D.C. offices of the Population Institute in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- Washington Office and the Universal Access Project. Interns from Congressional Offices and Non-Governmental Organizations were invited to hear speakers Dianne Stewart, Director of the Information and External Relations Division of the UNFPA, and Mike Beard, Executive Director of Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation and Global Health Director for the Better World Campaign.
  • April 28, 2014 - Population Institute Joins the Addis Call to Action
    The Population Institute is proud to join with governments, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations in urging that the post-2015 framework actively support sexual and reproductive health and rights, including full gender equality and access to voluntary family planning services.
  • January 17, 2014 - The Lancet Calls for State Improvements in Reproductive Health
    Citing the Population Institute’s just released 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, The Lancet yesterday published an editorial urging state policymakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for reproductive health services and make comprehensive sex education available to all young people. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals.
  • January 16, 2014 - Population Institute Honors 34th Annual Global Media Award Winners
    Last night the Population Institute honored the winners of the 34th annual Global Media Awards competition. The recipients made a significant contribution to public discussion and understanding of population and family planning related issues. The Population Institute is proud to recognize these individuals and news outlets for their journalistic excellence and valuable insights.
  • January 06, 2014 - The Population Institute Releases its 2013 Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights
    The Population Institute today released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the U.S., and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states receive a failing grade, and the U.S. as a whole received a “C-.” In releasing the report card, Robert Walker, the organization’s President, said, “This year we have seen a lot of victories at the national level, but with states limiting the full scope of that progress. The major victories include: HHS ruling that Plan B One Step be made available over the counter without an age restriction, the Affordable Care Act giving women access to family planning services without a co-pay requirement, and expanded Medicaid eligibility ensuring that millions more women would be eligible to access reproductive health services. Unfortunately, at the state level, attacks on reproductive health care have continued unabated and twenty five states have refused to expand their Medicaid program denying millions of women access to health care. ”

2013 News Items

  • December 18, 2013 - Population Institute Names 34th Annual Global Media Award Winners
    The Population Institute today is pleased to announce the winners of the 34th annual Global Media Awards competition. The recipients made a significant contribution to public discussion and understanding of population and family planning related issues. The Population Institute is proud to recognize these individuals and news outlets for their journalistic excellence and valuable insights.
  • July 01, 2013 - Population Institute Co-Hosts Summer Intern Series
    This summer the Population Institute, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund- Washington Office and the Universal Access Project, is hosting a two-part intern reception series titled “Health, Rights, and Cupcakes.” The first reception, which took place at the offices of the Population Institute last week, focused on female genital mutilation/cutting. The June 26 briefing gave Washington-area interns an opportunity to learn about this widespread abuse of human rights and international efforts to curb it. The second reception, which will take place on July 10th, will focus on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • May 07, 2013 - The Population Institute Honors Rep. Joseph Crowley
    In recognition of his longstanding support for international family planning and his championship of UNFPA, the Population Institute today is awarding Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY14) with its “Distinguished Legislator Award.” In announcing the award, President Robert Walker said, “Rep. Crowley has a well-deserved reputation as a fighter for women’s rights and health, and his record in Congress reflects it. He has been tireless advocate for family planning and reproductive health, and we are very pleased to honor him with this award.”

2012 News Items

  • November 29, 2012 - Population Institute Names 33rd Annual Global Media Award Winners
    This past year world population reached the 7 billion mark. This major milestone generated a renewed focus on population and population-related issues. The recipients of the 33rd annual Global Media Awards made a significant contribution to public discussion and understanding of that important milestone. The Population Institute is proud to recognize these individuals and news outlets for their journalistic excellence and the valuable insights that they provided.
  • April 05, 2012 - Population Institute Launches “Halt the Assault” Campaign
    Responding to the escalating political attacks on contraception and reproductive health, the Population Institute today launched a campaign aimed at halting the assault. In unveiling the new effort, Robert Walker, President of the Population Institute, said, “Isn’t it time for all us—women and men—to let our political leaders know where we stand. When leading political figures like Rick Santorum are talking about the “dangers of contraception,” and others, like South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, assert that “women don’t care about contraception,” it’s time for average Americans to stand up for reproductive health and rights.”
  • March 28, 2012 - PI Participates in "Planet under Pressure" Conference
    Nearly 3,000 scientists have assembled in London this week for a "Planet under Pressure" conference aimed at addressing the global environmental challenge. William Ryerson, the chair and CEO of the Population Institute, and Edwin Barry, the Director of PI's Sustainable World Initiative, are both participating in the conference. Barry is co-leading a workshop on sustainability.
  • February 02, 2012 - Population Institute Releases Report on Family Planning in Latin America
    The Population Institute released today a report (“USAID Graduation from Family Planning Assistance: Implications for Latin America”) prepared by Dr. Jane T. Bertrand at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The report, which was finalized in October of 2011, examines how plans by USAID to phase out family planning assistance in Latin America could affect family planning and reproductive health in the region. The report looked at six countries in Latin America, including three countries that are currently scheduled for graduation (Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay) and three countries that have not yet met the USAID criteria for graduation (Bolivia, Guatemala, and Haiti).
  • January 12, 2012 - Population Institute Honors 32nd Annual Global Media Award Winners
    An Ethiopian serial drama, a Kenyan news article series, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2011 Global Media Awards for excellence in population reporting. The awards will be presented tonight, at a ceremony in New York City.

2011 News Items

  • December 05, 2011 - Robert Walker Becomes President of the Population Institute
    William N. Ryerson, Chairman of the Population Institute, announced today that Robert J. Walker has been appointed as the organization’s new President. Walker, who has served for nearly three years as Executive Vice President, will replace Ryerson, who will continue to serve as the Chairman and CEO.
  • October 27, 2011 - Population Institute Names 32nd Annual Global Media Award Winners
    An Ethiopian serial drama, a Kenyan news article series, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2011 Global Media Awards for excellence in population reporting. The awards will be presented January 12th, at a ceremony in New York City.
  • September 29, 2011 - From 6 Billion to 7 Billion: How Population Growth is Changing and Challenging our World
    The report, which looks back at how the world has changed in the 12 years since the 6 billion mark was crossed, warns that while notable progress has been made in making immunizations, safe drinking water, and education more available to children in the developing world, those young people "are inheriting a world in which arable land and water are in increasingly short supply, food and fuel prices are steadily increasing, rivers and lakes are shrinking, water levels are falling, temperatures are rising, drought and flooding are intensifying, biodiversity is declining, the number of failing states is expanding, and the very future of ocean habitats is threatened."
  • August 10, 2011 - Our Updated Population Clock
    Frequent visitors to our website may have noticed that there has been a change in our population clock. Prior to today, it was synchronized with the latest population estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Today, we have changed the clock to coincide with the latest population projection issued by the United Nations Population Division, which announced earlier this year that world population will cross the 7 billion mark on October 31, 2011. As a result of this change, our clock now indicates, as of today, that world population is at 6.983 billion, just 17 million shy of the 7 billion mark. This change will enable visitors to determine how close we are, at any given minute, to the 7 billion mark as officially estimated by the UN.
  • July 11, 2011 - World Population Day
    Today is World Population Day and this year it begins the countdown to world population reaching 7 billion. Celebrating World Population Day, July 11, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a social media campaign, “7 Billion Actions,” which urges all of us to tackle the challenges and opportunities a world with 7 billion people holds. With world population reaching 7 billion on October 31st UNFPA hopes that this initiative will inspire a global dialogue around seven key issues arising as a result of increased population: poverty and inequality, women and girls, young people, reproductive health and rights, environment, aging, and urbanization.
  • April 21, 2011 - 17 Days of Action From Mother Earth to Mothers
    The Population Institute is proud to join with other supporters of the "Million for a Billion" petition campaign to highlight the linkages between family planning, healthy mothers and a healthy planet. When women everywhere have access to family planning and reproductive health services, there are fewer unplanned births, fewer women die as a result of pregnancy-related causes, and more children survive infancy. Women are empowered, their families prosper, and the whole world benefits.
  • February 17, 2011 - Petition Drive Launched
    The Population Institute today joined other family planning advocates in launching a new global petition campaign urging U.S. and other donor nations to increase their support for family planning and reproductive health programs. The effort calls upon the international community to make access to contraceptives and reproductive health services a reality, not just a right.

2010 News Items

  • November 29, 2010 - 2011 Global Petition Drive to be Launched
    The Population Institute today announced plans to launch a global petition campaign next year to build support for family planning and reproductive health services. The U.N. has set the year 2015 as the target year for achieving universal access to family planning and other reproductive health services, but international support for achieving that goal has fallen short of expectations. Robert J. Walker, the Population Institute’s Executive Vice President, said “If we are going to get back on track, the U.S. and other donor nations need to step up their support for family planning by at least $1 billion in 2011.”
  • October 20, 2010 - Population Institute Names 31st Annual Global Media Award Winners
    A Kenyan serial drama, the Senior Editor of Grist, and a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2010 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented December 2nd, at a ceremony in San Francisco, California.
  • September 23, 2010 - Renewing the World’s Commitment to Family Planning
    World leaders this week met in New York to renew their commitment to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals for 2015. The rhetoric was promising, but unless donor nations rapidly ramp up their development assistance many of the MDGs will not be realized by 2015, including the MDG 5 "target" of providing all women with access to reproductive health services.
  • June 30, 2010 - 2030: The "Perfect Storm" Scenario
    The Population Institute today offers a cautionary glimpse into the future with the publication of 2030: the “Perfect Storm” Scenario. Designed for use in the classroom, as well as for use by policymakers, experts, and academicians, the scenario raises important questions about the implications of global inaction on population, climate, food, energy, and water.
  • June 15, 2010 - Population and the 40th Earth Day: the Video Release
    Population growth is intricately intertwined with critical environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. But how many people know the current world population? And how do people feel about population’s impact on the environment? To get answers to those questions, the Population Institute asked a dedicated and talented group of young men and women from Silver Spring, Maryland, known as the Gandhi Brigade, to conduct video interviews on the National Mall during this year’s Earth Day celebrations.
  • June 03, 2010 - 2010 Global Media Awards Call for Entries
    The Population Institute released today its annual "Call for Entries" for its Global Media Awards (GMA) program. This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the GMA. The program is a global competition that encourages participation from individuals and organizations in all continents and regions. This year’s December award dinner, which will be held in San Francisco, will honor a wide range of journalists and media for their outstanding coverage of population, family planning and reproductive health issues. The awards serve to stimulate high standards of journalism and full and accurate reporting on issues related to population.
  • April 16, 2010 - Population Institute Unveils Earth Day Quiz
    As part of its weeklong observance of Earth Day 2010, the Population Institute today unveiled its 40th Earth Day Population Quiz. The quiz, which is being disseminated to Capitol Hill and will be featured at an exhibit on the National Mall this week, highlights the challenges posed by population growth.
  • April 15, 2010 - Population Institute Prepares for Earth Day
    In observance of the 40th Earth Day, the Population Institute is launching a public education campaign that focuses on the challenges that population growth poses to the planet. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, world population has almost doubled. In 1970, world population was 3.7 billion. Today, it is 6.8 billion, an 84% increase. The United Nations projects that world population will reach 9.2 billion my mid-century, even if birth rates continue to decline.
  • March 25, 2010 - Global Speak Out Spans Six Continents
    During the month of February, the Population Institute asked leading scientists, academicians and environmental leaders to "speak out" on the link between population and environmental sustainability as part of the second annual "Global Population Speak Out" (GPSO). Nearly 400 people responded to the invitation. The participants, who spanned six continents and 39 nations, were asked to speak out publicly on population in the popular media. GPSO participants made their voices heard in dozens of radio talk shows and interviews, and in print publications ranging from the New York Times to the Huffington Post and the International Herald Tribune.
  • January 20, 2010 - Global Population Speak Out The Global Grassroots Talks Population
    Several hundred environmental scientists, journalists and academics from around the world will publicly speak out in February about the fundamental relationship between human population and environmental sustainability. A month-long "global grassroots initiative", the Global Population Speak Out is organized by the Washington D.C. based international non-profit organization, Population Institute.

2009 News Items

  • December 23, 2009 - Popline Goes Online
    After nearly three decades of print publication, Popline is now available on the web. Published since 1979 with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Popline has helped to keep tens of thousands of readers informed about the latest news relating to population, family planning, and reproductive health.
  • November 03, 2009 - Population Institute Names 2009 Global Media Award Winners
    A Ugandan serial drama, an Official Selection from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and an investigative journalist are among the 12 recipients of the Population Institute's 2009 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented December 4th, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
  • November 02, 2009 - Population Institute Attends U.N. Population Conference in Ethiopia
    The Population Institute sent a small delegation this past week to observe the U.N.'s International Parliamentarians' Conference on population. Held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 27 and 28, the conference offered a mixed review of the progress that has been made to date in fulfilling the 20-year plan of action that was developed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
  • October 21, 2009 - Podcasts and PowerPoints Now Available From October 6 Washington, D.C. Forum.
    You can now see Podcasts and PowerPoint presentations from "Population Growth and Rising Consumption: What's Sustainable?" Sponsored by the Population Institute, the Population Media Center and the Wallace Global Fund, the forum featured five prominent experts on population, economics and sustainability.
  • October 06, 2009 - October 6 Washington, D.C. Forum. Join the live Webcast!
    Beginning at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) you can join a 3-hour forum on "Population Growth and Rising Consumption: What's Sustainable?" Sponsored by the Population Institute, the Population Media Center and the Wallace Global Fund, the forum will feature five prominent experts on population, economics and sustainability.
  • September 25, 2009 - The Population Institute to Host October 6 Forum on Population, Economics and Sustainability
    In partnership with the Population Media Center and the Wallace Global Fund, the Population Institute is hosting a public forum on October 6, 2009, on the subject of "Population Growth and Rising Consumption: What's Sustainable?"
  • August 12, 2009 - Global Media Awards Call for Entries Deadline Less than a Month Away
    The Population Institute's Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues. The award honors those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population problems through their journalistic endeavors in a meritorious manner.
  • July 10, 2009 - 20th Anniversary of the First World Population Day
    In commemorating the 20th Anniversary of first World Population Day, the Population Institute today urged policymakers around the globe to recommit themselves to the expansion of family planning and reproductive health services.
  • June 05, 2009 - *** Global Media Awards Call for Entries
    The Population Institute's Global Media Awards are devoted to drawing attention to global population issues.
  • April 22, 2009 - The Population Institute Commemorates Earth Day
    Earth Day turns 39 this year. Many people stop counting their birthdays after they turn 39, but it's important that we continue this annual observance. For now and decades to come, we will need to remind people that the "pale, blue dot" that we call Earth is a fragile eco-system, whose health we ignore at our peril.
  • April 02, 2009 - The Population Institute Congratulates the US for its Statement of Support for International Family Planning and Women’s Rights
    On March 31st the United States reasserted its international leadership in support of family planning and reproductive health by renewing its commitment to "universal access to sexual and reproductive health and the protection and promotion of reproductive rights" at the 42nd session of the Commission on Population and Development at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
  • January 30, 2009 - The Population Institute Announces New Executive Vice President
    The Population Institute announced today the appointment of Robert Walker as Executive Vice President. Mr. Walker will assume this role on February 9, 2009.

2008 News Items

  • October 31, 2008 - 29th Annual Global Media Award Winners Announced
    The Mayor of London, a series on CNN, and a two time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist are among the 10 recipients of The Population Institute's 2008 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented November 18, at a ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.
  • October 14, 2008 - 29th Annual Global Media Awards
    The 29th Annual Global Media Awards will be held November 18, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA. The Global Media Awards are an event honoring those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population concerns through their outstanding journalistic endeavors.
  • August 01, 2008 - New Program Plans of The Population Institute
  • July 11, 2008 - July 11th - World Population Day!
    Today as we commemorate World Population Day, Population Media Center and Population Institute pledge their commitment to help bring population numbers into balance with natural resources, so humanity can live in harmony with the earth.

2007 News Items

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