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How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda

“The Zika outbreak is a result of something; it is the result of the lost attention to sexual and reproductive health issues as a human right and women as subjects of rights,” said Jaime Nadal Roig, the United Nations Population Fund representative to Brazil, at the Wilson Center on April 12.

The Future of the Sustainable Development Goals


“As we go forward, we will discover that 2015 was when we really started getting serious about transdisciplinary challenges inherent in sustainable development,” said Melinda Kimble, senior vice president for programs at the UN Foundation, at the Wilson Center on April 13.

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Can Genetic Engineering Stop the Zika Virus?

As concerns over the Zika virus grow, health officials are considering a combination of traditional and experimental measures to address the threat.  Eleonore Pauwels, a senior program associate with the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program, describes the knowns and unknowns surrounding the virus. From citizen science to genetic engineering, she sorts through options available to those on the front lines of efforts to stop the spread. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Infographic | Zika in Mexico



Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.

State of World Population 2015 - 'Shelter From the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-Prone World' (Report Launch)

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls must be protected, even – especially – during “the toughest of times, in the hardest of places,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the Wilson Center on December 3.

Canada-US Health Summit 2015

At the two-day Canada-U.S. Health Summit, experts discussed issues facing healthcare services in the United States and Canada through a variety of panels, discussions, and events.