8 Billion Lives, Infinite Possibilities: DC Launch of the 2023 UNFPA SWOP Report
Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative and UNFPA for a panel discussion of global experts and contributors to the UNFPA State of the World Population 2023 report. The panelists will present research based on evidence, discuss their advocacy efforts, and initiate a dialogue about how to practically implement the recommendations of the report in healthcare systems across the world.
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The world has now reached and surpassed a population of 8 billion, marking a significant milestone in human development in areas such as medicine, science, health, agriculture, and education. However, this achievement is also accompanied by concerns and anxiety as the world faces various crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and mass displacement.
The 2023 UNFPA State of World Population Report, 8 Billion Lives, Infinite Possibilities: The Case for Rights and Choices, calls for a radical rethink on how population numbers are framed, recognizing the need for a novel approach that puts people at its center. This approach requires investing in data collection that looks beyond population sums and fertility rates and asking the right questions in support of sustainable development and human rights.
Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative and UNFPA for a panel discussion of global experts and contributors to this report. The panelists will present research based on evidence, discuss their advocacy efforts, and initiate a dialogue about how to practically implement the recommendations of the report in healthcare systems across the world.
Please send questions for our panelists during the event via the chat box on this page. Follow the conversation on Twitter @Wilson_MHI, and on Instagram @MaternalHealthInitiative using the hashtag #MHDialogue. Find more coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org/Dot-Mom.
Representative Chrissy Houlahan
Dr. Atul Gawande
Prof. Stuart Gietel-Basten
Maternal Health Initiative
Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers. Read more
Environmental Change and Security Program
The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. Read more
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