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G7 Environment Ministers' Meetings

Informal Meeting of the G7 Environment Ministers

Florence, March 12-13, 1994

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DEMOGRAPHIC PRESSURE ON THE ENVIRONMENT

The need to face the demographic challenge to the carrying capacity of the Earth by integrating demographic considerations and environmental policies is a priority.

Successful efforts to reduce rapid population growth and wasteful consumption patterns are essential to achieve sustainable development. The critical loads of the planet should be assessed, particularly for sensitive areas like the Mediterranean ecosystem.

Industrial countries were asked to earmark more resources for financing programs of family planning, infants and women protection in the developing countries. Multilateral development banks and institutions were asked for more commitment and transparency to this aim.

The forthcoming World Conference on Population and Development to be held in Cairo next September, should also address all relevant environmental implications.



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