What you can tell about a country’s future by looking at its gender balance
In India and China, the problem is missing girls. In Russia it is the missing men.
Positive signs from the UN
As part of the annual meetings
of the Commission on Social Development at the United Nations recently, The Republic of Korea sponsored a “side event” entitled:
“Low Fertility and Aging Society in East Asia.” The presenters
were a research director from the Korea Institute for Health and Social
Affairs, the Ambassador of Population issues of the Republic of Korea
and a Korean Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. A few
officials from the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs were
also present – and we engaged in a wonderful conversation afterwards.
Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive humans will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions.