The Policy Section is responsible for global monitoring of government
views and policies on key population issues, such as population size and growth,
population ageing, fertility and family planning, reproductive health, spatial distribution
and urbanization, and international migration. Monitoring of government views
and policies on population issues is important for tracking
progress in the implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994
International Conference on Population and Development, and other
internationally agreed development goals that are related to population,
including the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Policy Section is also responsible for implementing the
United Nations Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development
, established in 1963 at the
request of the Commission on Population and Development. Between 1963 and 2015,
the Secretary-General has conducted 11 rounds of the Inquiry. The Inquiries
have been a unique and invaluable research tool in monitoring national
population policies. The Eleventh United Nations Inquiry among Governments on
Population and Development was launched in 2014.
The Policy Section has created and maintains a comprehensive
Policies Database , going back to the mid-1970s.
The flagship publication of the Policy Section is World Population Policies, a
recurrent biennial publication. The publication contains the most comprehensive
and up-to-date information on the population policy situation and
trends for all
States of the United Nations. The Policy Section also publishes
wall charts, special reports and briefs on selected policy topics.
See the list of