Eastern Europe’s Most Difficult Transition: Public Health and Demographic Policy, Two Decades after the Cold War
September 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Dr. Murray Feshbach was one of the first scholars to point out the devastating political and socio-economic effects of state communism’s failure to seriously address decaying public health and environmental conditions. His pioneering work remains relevant. More than two decades after the close of the Cold War, many health and demographic indicators in the former Warsaw-Pact states (including Russia) remain surprisingly inferior to those of the neighboring states of Western and Southern Europe.
September 04, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
This briefing will highlight the key components of the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations, outline its impacts across Federal agencies involved in Earth observations, and review associated efforts to enable interagency coordination.
Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats
August 20, 2014 // 10:00am — 1:00pm
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Across the developing world, some 70 million girls under the age of 18 are married. Join USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International as they present findings on their work with married adolescent girls living in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource regions.
July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action.
July 10, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
This year’s World Population Day focuses on youth engagement and the future of the global development agenda as the Millennium Development Goals expire next year. Young people are the key to building a sustainable future because the choices they make now will reverberate for decades to come.
June 25, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
“Environmental specialists need to change,” said Anita van Breda at the Wilson Center on June 25. “In the new normal, our work has to have a different relevancy.”
June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
The solution to climate change is often framed as a series of “silver bullets” – for the United States, comprehensive domestic legislation; for the rest of the world, a major international agreement led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the climate challenge, however, suggests the need for a more flexible solution – “silver buckshot.”
Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing (Report Launch)
June 23, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
On June 23, speakers from four cities will present their perspectives on the idea behind smart cities and the challenges their respective countries face.
June 20, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:15pm
Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity, a new project of the Science & Technology Innovation Project (STIP) at the Wilson Center, is proud to host Frank J. Pietrucha, author of Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand.