The Decades-Long Effort To Reduce The World’s Population Through United Nations Agencies

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by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (“DESA”) has an online resource called ‘World Population Prospects’ where anyone can view graphic representations of the UN’s demographic profiles and probabilistic projections data.  You can view the data for an individual country as well as prescribed groups or regions.

Notably, according to DESA, there is a dramatic drop in the working-age population of “developed regions” of the world beginning in c.2025. DESA describes “developed regions” as comprising Europe, Northern America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

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The UN system has long been involved in addressing population and interrelated issues – notably, through the work of the UN Population Fund (“UNFPA”) and the UN Population Division of DESA.

So, we have to ask whether the UN is “predicting” a dramatic drop in the working-age population or if it is displaying the hoped-for result of a planned depopulation program.

The Cairo Plan

UNFPA started operations in 1969 and assumed a leading role within the UN in promoting population programs. At the International Conference on Population and Development (“ICPD”) in Cairo in 1994, its mandate was fleshed out in greater detail and UNFPA was given the lead role in helping countries carry out the Conference’s Programme of Action.

A 2007 report for the US Congress described the UN agency as the world’s largest source of population and reproductive health programs.    The US, with support from Congress, was an important actor in the launch of UNFPA.

In its first 25 years, UNFPA moved from an organization focused on statistical collection and analysis to an agency providing maternal and child/health family planning assistance.  The report noted: “While UNFPA receives voluntary contributions from many countries and some private foundations, most of its income comes from a handful of donors.  The Netherlands and Japan have recently been its largest contributors.”

CRS Report for Congress, The UN Population Fund: Background and the US Funding Debate, UNFPA Major Contributors, pg. CRS-4

Unfortunately, the report for the US Congress does not name the private foundations that were funding UNFPA.  However, the report did note that UNFPA was a major catalyst in organizing, financing, and implementing outcomes of the 1994 ICPD.

Stanley Johnson, the father of former UK prime minister Boris Johnson, edited The Population Problem (1974), authored World Population and the United Nations (1987) and World Population Turning the Tide (1994) as well as numerous other books.  He also published a book in 1995 ‘The Politics of Population: Cairo 1994’ recounting what happened in Cairo and how it was achieved. The early chapters look in some detail at the preparations for Cairo, in the context of over three decades of attempts to integrate population, development, and environmental issues.

Called “The Cairo Plan,” the Plan first discounted the term “population control” – emphasizing coercive means and quotas – and instead, for the first time, promoted policies that gave women greater control over their lives, promoted economic equality and opportunity, and giving them a greater voice in reproduction decisions.  The Plan recognized that population growth needed a program that increased the educational, economic, and political rights of women.  This in turn leads women to want fewer children.

According to the book ‘Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities’, those attending the ICPD agreed on a strategy for “stabilizing” the world’s population at 7.27 billion no later than 2015.

The 20-year “program of action,” accepted by over 150 countries, aimed to avoid population growth and environmental consequences of excessive population growth.  The Cairo Plan proposals were therefore linked to discussions and decisions of the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 – also known as the Earth Summit, ECO92 or Rio92 which resulted in the infamous Agenda 21 document and its offspring the UN’s 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Population “Predictions”

The UN Population Division of DESA pulls together information to support UN bodies such as the Commission on Population and Development and the implementation of the Programme of Action adopted by the ICPD.

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