Center for Environment and Population (CEP)
Vicky Markham is Founding Director of the Center for Environment and Population (CEP), an independent non-profit research and policy organization that addresses the relationship between human population and its environmental impacts. Markham has over 25 years of experience in the fields of environment and population science, policy and public outreach. She started the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Population and Sustainable Development International Program, directed World Wildlife Fund International's (WWF) Population Program, and headed their delegation to the UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Prior to WWF, Markham was International Planned Parenthood Federation's (IPPF) Information, Education and Communications Officer for London, Africa and Asia. She also worked for the Turner Broadcasting System on documentary films, and was Education Officer for the Secretary of Natural Resources in Puerto Rico. Markham is a graduate of Yale University, and has written and edited extensively on the topics, including the AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment, the US National Report on Population and the Environment, and the US Population, Energy and Climate Change report, all available on CEP's website, www.cepnet.org.
At a campus forum on women and sustainable development issues in the Texas Bible Belt and the Women in the World summit in New York, I saw that “women’s rights are the biggest unfinished agenda of 21st century.”
While the last hours of negotiations unfold, we begin to look forward to future demographic trends and how to turn them into dividends rather losses.
Today I participated in an extraordinary side-event on “Rio+20 and Women’s lives: A Cross-General Dialogue” at the Ford Foundation Pavilion. This event was very intimate, it drew you in, with women’s personal stories for Rio+20 and beyond.
Today, here at the BEMFAM clinic in Cachoeirinha Favela in Rio de Janeiro, youth were having a very animated discussion about how they viewed sexuality, reproductive health, being young, and their feelings and emotions about this period in their life.
This month the UN reports that the world population will hit a significant population milestone, 7 billion people. This has meaning for us all, especially in its environment and development impacts – and women are key.
What are the facts on population, consumption, and reproductive health? Here they are “by the numbers,” including who is using what in terms of energy and climate change; environment; reproductive health, and the status of girls and women.
The United Nations Population Division just released a new report on projections for world population growth, with somewhat surprising findings.
Secretary Clinton made a commitment to women and girls’ health and progress worldwide, which in turn will contribute to tremendous gains on global environmental and climate sustainability.