Population Institute President Werner Fornos to Deliver Lecture Oct. 31 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2005ᾰWerner Fornos, president of the Population Institute in Washington, D.C., will present a lecture Oct. 31 at Southeast Missouri State University on issues associated with the rise in global population.

The event is scheduled for noon in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

The lecture will focus on how global population issues relate to security and terrorism, climate change, family planning, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, women’s empowerment, environmental degradation and socio-economic underdevelopment.  The event is co-sponsored by several University and community organizations and is free and open to the public.   

Fornos received the 2003 United Nations Population Award for his efforts to educate the world and world leaders about global population predictions and the international consequences if they occur.  He has addressed major international assemblies on population, with extensive representation in China, where he is an honorary professor of international relations at Sichuan University.

Currently, the global population stands at about 6.5 billion. By 2050, the United Nations media projection suggests it will have exceeded 9 billion, said Dr. Alan Journet, professor of biology at Southeast. A potential global population this large presents a series of tremendous challenges and problems for all, he said.

“A population of such numbers, if economic development is to occur throughout the work, constitutes a threat to our ability to provide necessary energy and resource needs,” Journet said. “It also threatens catastrophic environmental degradation possibilities. Should we fail to provide the burgeoning global population with the standard of living to which its members feel entitled, the consequences for global security are alarming.”

The Population Institute was established in 1969 as an international, non-profit organization focusing on reducing excessive population growth.  The Institute provides education on the impact rapid population growth places on social, economic and environmental factors.  The Institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and currently has members in 172 countries.

For more information on the lecture, call Dr. Alan Journet at (573) 651-2366.