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 23, 2014 // 9:15am — 4:00pm
Pakistan is plagued by a deep energy crisis—one with troubling consequences for its fragile economy and volatile security situation. Islamabad, in fact, has described energy as a greater challenge than terrorism. This conference seeks to capitalize on the urgency of the crisis. It will focus on steps that can and should be taken in the immediate future to address both supply- and demand-side aspects of Pakistan’s energy conundrum.
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.
Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale Up
June 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
The World Health Organization recommends that all pregnant women attend a minimum of four antenatal care visits with a trained health care provider and that a number of key services be provided at those visits. However, there are large inequities in access, adherence, and quality of antenatal care between and within regions and countries.
Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict and Disaster Response Experience
June 25, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Crises, including complex emergencies, war, and natural disasters, create high-stakes environmental and natural resource management choices for communities, governments, and non-governmental organizations. This panel will present and discuss selected findings from a joint project by the American University’s School of International Service and World Wildlife Fund to bring together a fragmented knowledge base and identify better practices among the environment, post-conflict/disaster response, and peacebuilding communities.
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.”
May 16, 2014 // 11:30am — 1:30pm
Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment.
May 15, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders.
May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.
May 05, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs. It’s an approach that creates a space for “interaction between citizen engagement and government responsiveness,” said Jonathan Fox, professor of international development at American University at the Wilson Center May 5.