By Bruce Duncan
The papal World Day of Peace on 1 January each year has become a landmark reflection on the state of the world, capturing feelings of good will during the Christmas season, and focusing hopes about human wellbeing, peace and development.
However development experts may not be entirely happy with the 2009 statement. Possibly reflecting internal debates in Rome, it fails to grasp fully the significance of the environmental issues and their consequences for the population debate in particular.
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