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Bangkok, Thailand, UNESCO, Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Regional Clearing House on Population Education, 1996. , 154 p. (Abstract-Bibliography Series 13)This book provides a bibliography and abstracts of publications on the linkages between environmental degradation, population growth, and sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region. The seven sections are titled: Environmental Problems, Population Problems, Sustainable Development, Policy Statements and World Meetings, Linkages, Population and Environmental Programs for Special Interest Groups (such as women and children), and Curriculum Materials. Each section includes a review and synthesis of information on the topic and lengthy and substantive abstracts of the selected referenced materials. The book cites 73 recent publications, including research studies, monographs, technical papers, reports, and journal articles. Cross referencing is made possible by the use of author and subject indexes included in the appendix. This volume is directed to population program planners, managers, and educators. The aim is to provide an overview of how problems of population and sustainable development are inseparably linked and interrelated to problems of poverty, income disparities, and wasteful consumption. Some potential solutions are provided. To date, the information indicates that economic tools must be combined with political change and policy implementation.
WORLD HEALTH. 1996 Jul-Aug; 49(4):26.School-age children and adolescents face considerable health challenges. They are confronted at young ages with situations which require knowledge for decision-making and skills for preventive action. Adolescents often find themselves under strong peer pressure to engage in risky behaviors which can have serious long-term adverse consequences. Early pregnancy; drug, alcohol, and tobacco use combined with early pregnancy leading to birth defects; and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are experienced by many adolescents and youth. A number of recent major international conferences have drawn attention to the health and education needs of adolescents. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are working on these issues with ministries of education around the world. The UNFPA is funding population education projects in more than 70 countries, while other donors are funding related activities. Governments around the world are building the activities into their school curricula.