As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, it has become imperative for all countries to check for indicators that impede their progress towards these goals. A single country’s inability to cope would result in an overall drawback in results. It is therefore important for the developing world to make progress. The deadline for the MDG’s is September 2015; however, key decisions on the formulation of the post 2015 agenda must be made far in advance of this. Pakistan unfortunately has performed poorly in terms of achieving the MDG’s. In the midst of battling a polio endemic, alarming malnutrition rates, a rise in stunting cases, and a challenging water sanitation problem, Pakistan is faced with an overarching complication: a rapidly growing population, the wellbeing of which is “a developmental imperative”.
This year, the two-day 13th Annual Population Research Conference, was held at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, themed “Population Wellbeing: A development imperative”, organized by the Population Association of Pakistan (PAP). It was sub-themed into specific issues including; population, economic growth & poverty alleviation; birth spacing saves life; migration, urbanization & employment; and population & environment. The subject of population and its negative implications on Pakistan’s GDP has chartered much global attention since the world’s population reached 7 billion. Pakistan remains one of the fastest growing nations in the world, standing as the sixth most populous country across the globe and is on the verge of becoming the fifth most populous according to UNFPA.
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