By: Wolfgang Lutz and Mahendra Shah


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Population is a key component of sustainable development, and as such it should feature on the agenda for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, argue Wolfgang Lutz and Mahendra Shah of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in a letter to Nature.

Yet, after four preparatory meetings for the Summit, which opens in Johannesburg in August, the topic is still absent.

If we do not put the human population at the core of the sustainable-development agenda, they argue, our efforts to improve human well-being and preserve the quality of the environment will fail.

Reference: Nature 418, 17 (2002)

Link to letter in Nature