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What’s New? is the periodic newsletter of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN), containing pertinent and up to date information to facilitate research and advance knowledge of population environment relationships. All issues of What’s New are archived on the PERN website, and relevant parts of this news bulletin are cross-posted under PERN’s Conference Calendar and Jobs/Funding Opportunities.


Bangkok Traffic; Source: Shaul Cohen
Bangkok Traffic; Source: Shaul Cohen

September 5, 2014



  • The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), a sponsor of PERN since its beginning, closed down as of June 2014. The work of IHDP will be carried forward by Future Earth, a a global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. IHDP has created a knowledge transfer database to help the community access the information that was generated by the project over nearly two decades. See http://www.ihdp.unu.edu.
  • PERN mourns the loss of Charles H. Teller. PERN Steering Committee member, Jason Bremner, wrote: "Charlie H. Teller, our mutual friend, colleague, and fellow lover of adventure passed away peacefully on August 28th, 2014 after suffering a heart attack. Charlie had a long and distinguished career in development, including a term as PRB Bixby Visiting Fellow, Senior Technical Advisor in the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, director of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Visiting Professor at the Center for Population Studies at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Charlie was a former steering committee member for PERN and a fixture at population environment sessions at IUSSP and PAA." For a sample of Charlie's work, see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Charles_Teller.








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The International Conference “Our Climate – Our Future, Regional perspectives on a global challenge”, 6–8 October 2014, Berlin, Germany

The Climate Initiative REKLIM, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and the Helmholtz Association are pleased to host this conference. The scientific programme will offer a broad and interdisciplinary spectrum of current international and national research work in regional climate change.
At this conference following topics will be addressed: Session 1: Regional climate system modelling; Session 2: Sea level changes from global to regional and local scales; Session 3: Arctic Change; Session 4: The land surface in the climate system; Session 5: Atmospheric composition and climate: Interactions from global to regional scale; Session 6: Extreme meteorological events and their impacts in a changing climate; Session 7: Integrated strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation; Session 8: Rapid climate change in the past – mechanisms, processes and regional patterns. The conference will consist of plenary meetings, parallel sessions and poster sessions. Internationally well-known scientists will present their keynotes during the conference. For more information, see https://reklim-conference-2014.de/.


Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability, IARU Sustainability Science Congress, 22-24 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Sustainability Science Congress puts focus on research related to global sustainability issues. This international and solutions orientated congress invites experts across disciplines to break down academic barriers and jumpstart a broader collaboration on sustainable solutions relevant for society. Also targeting businesses and policy makers, the congress aims to provide a platform for science-policy interface relevant for global challenges. For more information, see http://sustainability.ku.dk/iarucongress2014/.


Call for Papers, The Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting, 29 April – 2 May 2015, San Diego, California, USA

The Call for Papers (PDF) is available now at http://paa2015.princeton.edu/hps/PAA2015CallForPapers.pdf. Submissions are made online at the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Website. Sessions related to population and environment include: population, disasters and climate change; population, agriculture and food security; methods and measurement in population, development and environmental research; spatial analysis of population and environment; public health and environment; genes, environment, health and development; and environmental migration. Deadline for submissions is 26 September 2014. For more information, see http://paa2015.princeton.edu/.


The Future Earth Session, AGU Fall Meeting, 15-19 December 2015, San Francisco, California, USA

Future Earth: Connecting Research and Responses to Global Environmental Change invites abstract submission for this session. The challenges associated with global change are interconnected and urgent, and demand a step-change in how we do research about the Earth system. Science needs to become more integrated, bringing together disciplinary and interdisciplinary excellence. Practitioners and decision-makers need to be engaged in the knowledge production process. This session will explore the potential of transdisciplinary science and engagement to provide critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and accelerate transformations to sustainability. Future Earth is a new international research programme launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. Future Earth integrates research activities under existing international Global Environmental Change programmes (DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). For more information, see http://futureearth.info/events/future-earth-agu-2014-fall-meeting.


Reminder: Call for Proposals for New IUSSP Panels

One of the main functions of the IUSSP is to stimulate and consolidate high-level scientific research on critical population issues and to develop and improve training and research in the population field. IUSSP Scientific Panels play a key role in implementing this work programme. The IUSSP Council is seeking proposals from the membership for new Scientific Panels to be created for the 2015-2017 period. Among the priority topics identified by the Council is “population, climate change and environment”. Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2014. More information, including guidelines, at http://www.iussp.org/en/proposals-new-iussp-panels.


Call for Session Suggestions: 2017 International Population Conference, 29 October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

The IUSSP Council is seeking suggestions from IUSSP members for sessions to appear in the Call for Papers for the 28th International Population Conference, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa the week of 29 October 2017. To participate in shaping the scientific programme of the Conference, please submit your suggestions online by filling in the form at http://iussp.org/en/call-session-suggestions-2017-international-population-conference. Deadline for submission: 31 October 2014. Your suggestion should include: -a short, self-explanatory session title; -a short explanation for why the session should be included in the programme (maximum 200 words); -the names and email addresses of two potential organizers (you may include yourself as a potential organizer); -a primary general theme in which the session belongs and a secondary general theme where the session should be cross-listed if the session addresses more than one theme (using the list of themes provided). If none of the general themes listed fits, please select “other” and write in the appropriate primary general theme for your suggestion. Please note that the International Organizing Committee makes final decisions on all sessions, organizers and themes. Your suggestion may be modified or merged with those of other members. Topics that are broad and likely to attract a large number of papers are more likely to be retained than narrow topics. Members are especially encouraged to propose sessions that address new research and innovative methodologies or contribute to theory and policy. Please also note that organizing a session does not entitle the organizer/chair for funding from IUSSP to attend the Conference.


Call for Papers and Organized Sessions, AAG Annual Meeting, 21-25 April 2015, Chicago, USA

The Association is now accepting abstracts and proposals for sessions and posters. Researchers, scholars, professionals, and students are welcome to present papers, posters, and panel discussions on all topics relevant to geography. Abstracts are due by 5 November 2014, but may be edited through March 18, 2015. The AAG accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation. You may only submit one abstract for presentation and be a panelist in one panel session. If you opt not to submit an abstract, you may be a panelist twice. There is no limit on how many sessions you may organize. For more information, see http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting.


Call for Articles, Forced Migration Review (FMR), Issue 49

This issue of FMR, to be published in May 2015, aims to discuss the linkages between climate change, disasters and displacement, the impact of both internal and cross-border displacement, measures to prevent or reduce the likelihood of displacement, and approaches to ensure the protection of those who are displaced (or who are unable to move). In 2015, the Nansen Initiative, led by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, will bring together states to discuss a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced in the context of disasters caused by natural hazards, including those linked to climate change. While some articles in the FMR issue will emanate from the Nansen Initiative’s regional consultations and civil society meetings that have been taking place since 2013 in the Pacific, Central America, the Horn of Africa, South-East Asia and South Asia, additional articles would be welcomed, in particular those that address the Arctic, Central Asia, Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and South America. The FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions reflecting a diverse range of perspectives which focus on situations of displacement. Relevant research questions can be found on the Web page listed below. To submit an article, email the Editors: fmr @qeh.ox.ac.uk with a proposed outline. Deadline for submission of articles: 12 January 2015. Maximum length: 2,500 words. For more information, see http://www.fmreview.org/climatechange-disasters.


2014 World Population Data Sheet Now Online

The theme this year is “Progress and Challenges”. This year's data sheet has detailed information on 16 population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries. For three of the indicators, infant mortality, total fertility rate, and life expectancy, data is included from 1970 and 2013—to show change over time. The environment indicator this year, carbon emissions, shows data from 1990 and 2012. For more information, see www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2014/2014-world-population-data-sheet.aspx.


UN Population Division releases the 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects

One of the main functions of the IUSSP is to stimulate and consolidate high-level scientific research on critical population issues and to develop and improve training and research in the population field. IUSSP Scientific Panels play a key role in implementing this work programme. The IUSSP Council is seeking proposals from the membership for new Scientific Panels to be created for the 2015-2017 period. Among the priority topics identified by the Council is “population, climate change and environment”. Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2014. More information, including guidelines, at http://www.iussp.org/en/proposals-new-iussp-panels.


UNFPA Census Portal

For the past 30 years, UNFPA has played a lead operational role in helping to build countries' capacities for data collection and analysis. A current focus of UNFPA support is successful implementation of the 2010 round of population and housing censuses (2005-2014). The data collected will be crucial for measuring progress toward achievement of the MDGs and for providing an evidence base that can guide national policymaking. At the global level, UNFPA encourages population studies knowledge-sharing and networking through its support to institutions, such as the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). In addition to its work in the area of census, UNFPA supports qualitative and quantitative surveys, and population and development-related research at global, regional and country levels. To further this work, UNFPA has also initiated an interactive, online tracking tool that provides access to a wide range of information about the data collection activities of reporting countries. For more information, see http://www.unfpa.org/public/datafordevelopment/ and http://www.unfpa.org/public/datafordevelopment/.



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International Advanced Studies in Demography (IDEM) program, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), The winter semester 2014-15, Rostock, Germany

The International Advanced Studies in Demography (IDEM) program invites applications for the upcoming IDEM winter semester 2014/15 courses at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany: The winter semester 2014-15 includes advanced, intensive courses on Agent-based Modeling and Simulation, Integral Projection Models, Bayesian Forecasting, Spatial Demography, and other topics. Courses will be held from late October 2014 to the end of January 2015. Courses will run sequentially, not concurrently, to allow participants to focus on one topic at a time. Candidates may apply for one or several courses. Application instructions and deadlines differ for the various courses offered. Candidates must apply for each course separately. The IDEM has started accepting application for courses on Agent-based Modeling and Integral Projection Models. Integral Projection Models: Construction, Analysis and Interpretation: 26- 31 January 2015. Instructors: R. Salguero-Gómez and others. Deadline for applications: 10 October 2014. For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/goipm2015.


Sahel Leadership Program (PLS), Ougadougou, Burkina Faso

The OASIS Initiative is currently seeking nominations for Fellows and for facilitators for the Sahel Leadership Program (PLS). The PLS will be co-hosted by Abdou Moumouni University (UAM) in Niamey, the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) based at the University of Ouagadougou (UO) in Burkina Faso and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). The PLS is a unique and visionary program, aiming to catalyze an active and engaged network of development professionals with a common vision for the Sahel. The program will recruit approximately 20 emerging leaders in research, policy and development programs from Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad. The costs of participation will be fully covered by the program. Selected fellows will strengthen their skills in multidisciplinary collaboration while gaining knowledge about the interactions between population, climate and sustainable agriculture, and in the crucial role of girls and women in development. More information about the program and the application form are available at www.oasisinitiative.org/pls. Extended Deadline: 29 November 2014.


ESIP Student Fellowship

ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students and post-docs interested in bridging the gap between informatics, technology and Earth Science and applying research to real-world problems. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science problems. The students will become engaged in their respective group as rapporteurs, documenting the work of the group on the monthly telecons and at the semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As the student become more familiar with the group activities he or she may chose to tie in their own research to the group activities.Student Fellows will receive a stipend of $2000 plus travel expenses to the summer and winter ESIP meetings. Application deadline: 8 October 2014. For more information, see http://esipfed.org/page-12. For questions, please e-mail Erin Robinson, Information and Virtual Community Director, Foundation for Earth Science at erinrobinson @esipfed.org.


SESYNC Postdoctoral Socio-Environmental Immersion Program 2015, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin 1 June 2015. The new Postdoctoral Socio-Environmental Immersion Program will bring early-career scholars to SESYNC to: undertake individual synthesis projects; participate in workshops led by distinguished natural scientists and social scientists; and enhance their collaborative network, computational skills, and understanding of the science–policy nexus. Fellows will undertake synthetic projects focused on ecological systems and environmental change or on social systems and environmental change. Proposed projects can be interdisciplinary, but we also welcome applications that are primarily focused on ecological science or primarily focused on social science. Unique among environmental postdoctoral programs, a learning component of the new SESYNC postdoctoral program will steep Fellows in theory foundational to understanding socio-environmental systems. The core of this experience is a structured series of collaborative workshops led by visiting scholars but tailored to the postdoctoral experience. Periodically during the first year, small groups of distinguished scholars from disciplines important for socio-environmental research will visit SESYNC for several days of seminars, small-group discussions, and one-on-one interactions. During the second year, these scholars will revisit SESYNC for a capstone symposium with the possibility of a resulting synthetic paper(s) with the Fellows. For the 2015 postdoc cohort, the scholars will come from ecology, economics, anthropology, and sociology. Project Co-Development. Fellowship applicants should choose a project idea and work with a prospective Research Collaborator, who will function as a project mentor, to co-develop it. Research Collaborators may be either from a continually updated list of scholars (provided by SESYNC to successfully pre-screened prospective Fellows) who have expressed previous interest in working with a SESYNC postdoc or someone you recruit. SESYNC must approve all potential Research Collaborators to ensure they understand the commitment they are making to your progress and success. Visit www.sesync.org/opportunities/postdoc-collab for additional information on Research Collaborators. Appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and fellowship awardees must be based at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. Depending on their research interests, Fellows may choose to spend part of their time at the offices of our partner organization, Resources for the Future, located in Washington, D.C. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and include structured mentoring programs, facilitated access to policy makers, and opportunities to participate in ongoing Center activities. Deadlines: Research Collaborator application deadline: 15 September 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Pre-screening application deadline: 22 September 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Collaborator selection and commitment deadline: 8 October 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Fellowship application deadline: 3 November 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). For more information, see www.sesync.org/opportunities/postdoc-immersion.


Department Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) invites applications and nominations for Department Chair. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a field that complements faculty strengths (e.g. Geography, Environmental Science, Conservation Science, Ecology, Natural Resources) and with academic achievements commensurate with appointment as a Full Professor, although senior Associate Professors will be considered as well. The candidate should have demonstrated leadership and administrative skills, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching, and an active research program. The Department has experienced rapid growth in recent years, more than doubling undergraduate majors to over 300 in our B.S. and B.A. programs, and with current enrollment of 50 M.S. students (including accelerated B.S./MS, M.S., Professional M.S. in GIS) and 16 Ph.D. students. The department has 15 regular faculty and 9 adjunct/affiliate faculty, and has established a strong record of federal grant support (e.g., NSF, NASA, NOAA, USDA). Faculty research interests cover a range of topics in human geography and environmental science and management, including ecology and biogeography, global change science, hydrology and geomorphology, meteorology and severe storms, GIS and remote sensing, urban geography, public health, environmental history, political ecology, resource conservation, and environmental policy. Urban environmental research is particularly well-represented with the presence on campus and faculty collaboration with the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Urban LTER. It also have strong collaborative ties with UMBC’s NASA-funded Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and the USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, both located in UMBC’s Research Park. Collaborations with other departments and programs on campus include Biological Sciences; Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; Public Policy; Gender & Women’s Studies; Global Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; and the multi-campus Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences program. Applications should be sent to (apply.interfolio.com/25219) and should include: cover letter with description of leadership vision, administrative experience, and research program; CV and the names of three references. Questions can be directed to Dr. Andrew Miller at GESChairSearch @umbc.edu. Review of applications will begin on 15 September 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, see http://ges.umbc.edu/files/2014/08/GES-Chair-Search-Ad.pdf.


Faculty Member, Sociology and Environmental Studies, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

The Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College invite applications for an open-rank faculty position in environmental sociology. We are particularly interested in scholars who can contribute to university-wide interdisciplinary conversations around the issues of climate change and societal adaptation; food and water sustainability; environmental justice; and/or natural disasters. The tenure line is housed in the Sociology Department. The position, which begins in the Fall of 2015, entails half-time teaching in Environmental Studies, which is an undergraduate major, and half-time graduate and undergraduate teaching in the Department of Sociology. Review of applications will begin 15 September 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply at: http://apply.interfolio.com/25299.


Assistant Professor, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, USA

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure-track position in sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2015. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in sociology by Fall 2015. Some teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching and active scholarship are also expected. Responsibilities include teaching a 3/2 course load over two semesters, with one or more of these courses contributing to our core curriculum in theory and methods. We seek candidates whose teaching and research focus on rural society and whose areas of expertise include one or more of the following sub-fields: demography, social psychology, education, organizations, and environmental sociology. Kenyon Sociology faculty regularly participate in interdisciplinary programs, including African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Latino/a Studies, International Studies, Law and Society, the Rural Life Center, and Women's and Gender Studies. To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://employment.kenyon.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; and, 3) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website. Review of applications will begin 15 October 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the 15 October deadline will be guaranteed full consideration/.


Research Assistant, Migration Policy Centre, Florence, Italy

The Migration Policy Centre at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, is currently looking for a Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will participate in MPC research on migration in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and North Africa and possibly other parts of the world. The initial contract period is of one year, starting the 01 January 2015. The contract may be annually renewed up to a total duration of 5 years. The deadline for applications is 22 September 2014. For more information, see http://migrationpolicycentre.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=da4b0e6f26526740c71b40cd5&id=5d8c79d369&e=630e64ec9f



Population and Environment Collection - new items:

  • Abu, M., S. Codjoe, et al. 2014. Climate change and internal migration intentions in the forest-savannah transition zone of Ghana. Population and Environment 35(4): 341-364.
  • Fussell, E., K. Curtis, et al. 2014. Recovery migration to the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: a migration systems approach. Population and Environment 35(3): 305-322.
  • Geldmann, J., L. N. Joppa, et al. 2014. Mapping Change in Human Pressure Globally on Land and within Protected Areas. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12332
  • Gerlak, A. K. and S. Schmeier. 2014. Climate Change and Transboundary Waters: A Study of Discourse in the Mekong River Commission. The Journal of Environment & Development 23(3): 358-386
  • Harnish, A. 2014. Extractive workload: a mixed-method approach for investigating the socially differentiated effects of land-use/land-cover changes in a southern Zambian frontier. Population and Environment 35(4): 455-476
  • Hunter, L. and B. O’Neill. 2014. Enhancing engagement between the population, environment, and climate research communities: the shared socio-economic pathway process. Population and Environment 35(3): 231-242
  • Islam, M. S., M. M. Rana, et al. 2014. Environmental perception during rapid population growth and urbanization: a case study of Dhaka city. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16(2): 443-453
  • Jiang, L. 2014. Internal consistency of demographic assumptions in the shared socioeconomic pathways. Population and Environment 35(3): 261-285
  • KC, S. and W. Lutz. 2014. Demographic scenarios by age, sex and education corresponding to the SSP narratives. Population and Environment 35(3): 243-260
  • Liddle, B. 2014. Impact of population, age structure, and urbanization on carbon emissions/energy consumption: evidence from macro-level, cross-country analyses. Population and Environment 35(3): 286-304
  • López-Carr, D., N. Pricope, et al. 2014. A spatial analysis of population dynamics and climate change in Africa: potential vulnerability hot spots emerge where precipitation declines and demographic pressures coincide. Population and Environment 35(3): 323-339
  • Ma, X., Heerink, N., van Ierland, E. and Shi, X. 2014. Land tenure insecurity and rural-urban migration in rural China. Papers in Regional Science. doi: 10.1111/pirs.12129
  • Maroko, A., R. Weiss Riley, et al. 2014. Direct observation of neighborhood stressors and environmental justice in the South Bronx, New York City. Population and Environment 35(4): 477-496
  • McLeman, R., J. Dupre, et al. 2014. What we learned from the Dust Bowl: lessons in science, policy, and adaptation. Population and Environment 35(4): 417-440.
  • Melendez-Pastor, I., E. I. Hernández, et al. 2014. Socioeconomic factors influencing land cover changes in rural areas: The case of the Sierra de Albarracín (Spain). Applied Geography 52(0): 34-45
  • Misra, A. K., K. Lata, et al. 2014. Effects of population and population pressure on forest resources and their conservation: a modeling study. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16(2): 361-374.
  • Porter, J. 2014. What was the Dust Bowl? Assessing contemporary popular knowledge. Population and Environment 35(4): 391-416
  • Prokop, P. and D. Ploskonka. 2014. Natural and human impact on the land use and soil properties of the Sikkim Himalayas piedmont in India. Journal of Environmental Management 138(0): 15-23
  • Roberts, T. 2014. Intergenerational transfers in US county-level CO2 emissions, 2007. Population and Environment 35(4): 365-390
  • Timko, J. and R. Kozak. 2014. Using a gender perspective to explore forest dependence in rural HIV/AIDS-affected Malawian households. Population and Environment 35(4): 441-454.

There were 4 new items added to the database:

  • IUSSP Distance Learning: Population Analysis for Policies & Programmes
  • IUSSP Distance Learning: Tools for Demographic Estimation
  • UNFPA Data for Development
  • UNFPA: eLearning course. Population Situation Analysis




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