Prohibition of Reference to Overpopulation of the Planet
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 3 Sep 2018
Draft Proposal for an International Convention
3 Sep 2018 – Produced in anticipation of debate by the UN General Asembly (December 2018) on the proposed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and in the light of the previous United Nations Global Compact (2000) on corporate social responsibility and criticism thereof
It can be readily argued that many conventional crises are a consequence of increasing population — unemployment, environmental degradation, access to food and water resources, failing social security services, disease, inaccessibility of education, refugees, security threats, violence, and the like. Such arguments derive primarily from marginal groups and are readily deprecated. Their presentation however introduces a further destabilizing dynamic into societies already faced with instability and the challenge of achieving sustainability.
This pattern has already been recognized to a degree and has given rise to informal measures to restrict reference to the challenge of overpopulation wherever possible. There is however a need to formalize this understanding in order to clarify any ambiguity which may give rise to unnecessary confusion and panic through the dissemination of fake news regarding the purported dangers of overpopulation. Appropriate sanctions call for articulation.
These concerns could be readily associated with elaboration of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). This is being developed as a consequence of the first meeting of Heads of State and Government to discuss, at the global level within the UN General Assembly, issues related to migration and refugees (19 September 2016). This sent an important political message that migration and refugee matters have become major issues in the international agenda. In adopting the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (13 September 2016), the 193 UN Member States recognized the need for a comprehensive approach to human mobility and enhanced cooperation at the global level. [As in that framing articulation, it is vital that reference to overpopulation should be excluded from any final agreement]
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