October 23, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.
October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday, October 22, the Managing Our Planet series will sit down with newly appointed Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences Executive Director, Jonathan Foley.
October 17, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Water is a key ingredient for peace, especially in the Middle East. The Jordan River, which forms the border between Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, and Jordan, is central to the interrelated political and environmental challenges facing the region. Addressing these challenges requires not only high-level diplomacy but also direct, people-to-people engagement, which can form lasting relationships that go beyond water, said experts at the Wilson Center on October 17.
October 15, 2014 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
“Sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are in effect the global labor force of the future,” says Wilson Center Fellow Jack Goldstone. “Whether they are productive, how large that cohort turns out to be, whether they find work or not, is going to have a bearing, I think, on all of us.”
October 14, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
As is becoming clear, climate change, environmental degradation, population, and poverty alleviation are inextricably linked in many parts of the world.
September 29, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
With the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under consideration, the international community has a unique opportunity to define the next priorities for global development. Coming on the heels of this year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, a panel of three development experts will discuss key issues that are underrepresented – or missing altogether – on the SDG agenda: climate change, peace and governance, and reproductive health.
September 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
“Half of the world’s population is under 30 – any development agenda would have to address their needs, including their health needs, as part of accomplishing development goals.”
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 18, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”
September 17, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday September 17, the Managing Our Planet series reconvened to discuss the upcoming Global Commission on the Economy and Climate report.