UNITED NATIONS, February 6, 2002 ( – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has entered into collaboration with a global student union to promote population control. On January 29, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of AIESEC International Student Network – which claims to be “the largest global student organization”.

AIESEC bills itself as “a unique and growing network of 50,000 students, typically studying business and technical subjects, in over 800 higher education institutions in 83 countries and territories.”

Observers suggest that the UNFPA outreach to student organizations comes as its ranks are aging and dwindling. Additionally, the phenomenal success of the World Youth Alliance (WYA) at the United Nations is likely causing the UNFPA great concern. The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people and youth organizations committed to promoting the dignity of the person at the international level and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing countries. Co-founded in 1999, by Canadian pro-lifer and current WYA president, Anna Halpine, originally from Campaign Life Coalition, it now embraces members of at least 100 nationalities.

See the World Youth Alliance website:

See the UNFPA release on their collaboration with AIESEC: