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Sexual Violence Against Minors: Scope, Consequences, and Implications

"Sexual violence against minors is a global health issue and must be addressed in a developing context," argued Michal Avni, gender advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development at a Global Health Initiative and Environmental Change and Security Program event on October 20, 2009. Affecting one of the most disenfranchised populations--youth—such sexual violence is often accompanied by stigma and shame, while ethics and methodology issues make conducting research on this disturbing problem difficult.

More or Less?: Two Accounts of Population and Family Planning

"The less we think about targeting populations, the less we think about controlling populations, the less we have a crisis mentality, the less we assume that all of our problems come from too many people," said Columbia University's Matthew Connelly, the more "we can work on the things that really matter, like reproductive rights, reproductive health care." Connelly, who recently authored Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, was joined by the Worldwatch Institute's Robert Engelman at "More o

Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map

The complex linkages between environmental degradation, health, and migration are "entangled vulnerabilities," said Pell Center Director Peter Liotta at "Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map," an event sponsored by the Pell Center in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein on March 4, 2008.

The Role of Gender in Population, Health, and Environment Programs

Women in Tanzania who buy fish to feed their families or sell in the market must often have sex with local fishermen before they are allowed to make their purchases. According to Elin Torell, a coastal management specialist with the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center, this "entry to buy fish" is one example of gender norms' influence over diverse aspects of life.

Special Briefing for the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water Supply and Sanitation

The Environmental Change and Security Program organized a special briefing for the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water Supply and Sanitation to offer perspectives on U.S.-based efforts on global water supply and sanitation services. Selected experts in the field were invited to share their thoughts with the advisory board, led by HRH The Prince of Orange. The discussion focused on ways in which to engage a range of U.S. actors on water and sanitation issues, and how to increase funding for related projects.

Implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005

Signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2005, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act calls for the United States and 185 other nations to fulfill their joint commitment to one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG): to halve the percentage of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. The act marked the first time an MDG was written into American law.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Maquilapolis: City of Factories

As part of the 2007 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a screening and discussion of Maquilapolis: City of Factories on March 20, 2007.

Solving the Darfur Crises: EU and International Responses

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to invite you to a Director's Forum with Pekka Haavisto, Special Representative of the European Union for Sudan. Ambassador Haavisto will be discussing the international and European responses to the interrelated crises facing the region.

Water for the Next 100 Years

As part of the Woodrow Wilson Center's tribute to William Ruckelshaus, two-time U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, water experts gathered at the University of Washington in Seattle on February 28, 2006, to discuss the challenge of providing safe water to meet both human and ecosystem needs.

The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005

Over one billion people live without access to clean water. At the same time, the world spends more on bottled water than would be needed to meet 100 percent of human needs. At a November 17th Environmental Change and Security Project meeting, Dr. Peter H. Gleick launched the Pacific Institute's latest publication, The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005 (Island Press). Dr.

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