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Nov. 29 forum to focus on United Nations report

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2001 State of World Population report, "Footprints and Milestones: Population and Environmental Change," will be the topic of a forum co-sponsored by Miami University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences in conjunction with the Oxford, Cincinnati and Dayton chapters of the National Audubon Society. The forum will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in 101 Bachelor Hall.

Peter Purdy, president of the U.S. Committee for UNFPA will speak. He is a 27-year veteran and former director of the Margaret Sanger Center International in New York City. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Reachout Reproductive Health Foundation, a Filipino-based regional nongovernmental agency, and as a member of the executive committee of the New York Council of Organizations of the U.N. Association of the USA. Earlier in his career, he worked in the field as country director in India for the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation and as country representative in Indonesia for Church World Service.

The 2001 report focuses on environmental impacts and sustainable development issues in relation to human population.

Ideas to be discussed include:

• the links between population, pollution and poverty

• the ways humanity is altering the Earth’s landscape and impacting bird and other wildlife populations

• how women are affected by demographic and environmental conditions in developing countries

• the close relationship between environmental conditions and health

Copies of the report will be available.

Date Published: 11/15/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 16


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