July 31, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Ensuring access to family planning is not only a matter of human rights, but can also play a key role in protecting the health of mothers and children. Maternal health experts and program directors met at the Wilson Center on July 31 to discuss the role family planning takes in women’s health in developing countries, what successes family planning programs worldwide have had so far, and what can be done to expand services. Sarah Craven, chief of the UN Population Fund’s Washington office, moderated the event.
July 29, 2013 // 1:00pm — 3:30pm
In this event, co-sponsored with the USAID Alumni Association, a panel of experts will examine the relationship between industrial and urban environmental threats in Asia as well as their impact on local and global interests. Discussion will explore different constituencies, perspectives and narratives in the environmental dialogue.
July 26, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development. The experience of two organizations – TRY Oyster Women’s Association, based in The Gambia, and Blue Ventures, based in Madagascar – demonstrates the success of a community-based approach to building resilience.
July 25, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
July 18, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
The recent Chinese leadership transition is a useful opportunity to re-evaluate the current state of Chinese civil society. Is the space for civil society growing or shrinking in China? Is the concept of civil society even relevant today? Shawn Shieh, Director and Editor of China Development Brief, China's longest-running platform reporting on China's civil society, social development and philanthropic sectors will discuss the Brief's most recent findings.
From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation
July 17, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
On the July 17th meeting, cosponsored by the Asia Program and the China Environment Forum cosponsored, three speakers will provide an overview of the expanding EPA – EPAT cooperation, highlighting the progress in developing sister sustainable communities in the United States and Taiwan. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, Minister of EPAT, and Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey community certification program lead, will introduce the successes of these sustainable community projects. Jane Nishida, U.S. EPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs and former Maryland Secretary of Environment, will share how international collaboration can strengthen state and national environmental programs and provide opportunities for green growth.
June 24, 2013 // 12:00pm — 5:00pm
As the United States approaches its 2014 deadline for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, one often overshadowed aspect of the conflict is the hard-won progress made by previously marginalized segments of the Afghan population, particularly women, girls, and young people. Afghanistan has one of the highest proportions of young people in the world – many of whom have known only war. The median age of the population is 15.6 years old, the median age of marriage is 18, and half of mothers surveyed during a country-wide mortality survey had their first child when they were teenagers.
June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm — 4:30pm
According to the UN Population Fund, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 – an estimated 14.2 million young girls marrying too young every year or 39,000 daily. The majority of these girls do not receive access to education or reproductive health services.
June 13, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The United States is one of the largest energy consumers and biggest contributors of greenhouse gases worldwide. In 2011, the U.S. generated 42 percent of its electricity from coal and only 13 percent through renewables, chiefly hydropower.
June 11, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Despite increases in the availability of maternal health care across Nigeria, maternal mortality rates remain high, averaging 630 per 100,000 live births in 2010, compared to the world average of 210. “This is data we are not proud of,” said Philippa Momah, board director of Nigeria’s White Ribbon Alliance, at the Wilson Center. “We believe that one of the issues is the way health care providers treat our women. This may be causing a 20 percent drop-out rate in the health care system.”