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Overpopulated? Aging? Interview with John F. May concerning the demographic future of the planet (Sen. Public)

Overpopulated? Aging? Interview with John F. May concerning the demographic future of the planet [Sen. Public]

John May
Oct 2, 2012

Visiting fellow John May is interviewed in the French web journal Sens Public about population policies.

The following op-ed originally appeared in Sens Public.

Abstract: Among the world top experts on population policies, John F. May, a Belgian citizen, has been a Lead Demographer at the World Bank from 1997 to 2012. Before joining the Washington-based institution, he has worked for various organizations such as UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He now collaborates with the Center for Global Development (CGD), a think-tank in Washington, while also teaching demography at Georgetown University. He has recently published a major volume, World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact (Springer, 2012), the result of more than a decade of research, travels and experience. The book is already considered a reference in the field. John May has agreed to answer the questions of Sens Public.

Résumé: Comptant aujourd’hui parmi les grands spécialistes des politiques et des programmes de population sur la scène internationale, le Belge John F. May a été Lead Demographer à la Banque mondiale de 1997 à 2012. Avant d’entamer sa carrière dans l’institution de Washington, il a travaillé pour des organismes aussi divers que l’UNPFA, l’UNICEF, l’USAID et l’Union internationale pour l’étude scientifique de la population. Il collabore désormais avec le Center for Global Development, un « think-tank » de Washington, tout en enseignant la démographie à Georgetown University. Il a récemment publié un ouvrage, World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact (Springer, non traduit), le fruit de plus d’une décennie de réflexions, de voyages et d’expérience, qui s’est déjà imposé comme une référence dans le domaine. John May a accepté de répondre aux questions de Sens Public.

Sens Public – First of all, can you explain to us what a population policy is? What purposes does it serve, and what are the tools available to decision makers for implementing it?

Read more: http://www.cgdev.org/content/article/detail/1426540/

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It's hard to deny that population affects

virtually everything.

For example, according to this:


the population of Syria went from under 900,000
in 1911 to 23,000,000 or thereabouts by 2010.
And is on track to add over three million more
by 2015...

It would be a miracle if it *wasn't* bloody chaos.

Worldwide population increase is more than
200,000 per *day*...