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UNFPA Launch Event: Report on the Power of 1.8 Billion Young People

  • The Wilson Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

The latest edition of the UN Population Fund’s State of the World Population report focuses on the largest generation of young people in history. Investing in the health and education of the 1.8 billion future leaders between 10 and 24 years is not only a recognition of their rights, but an imperative for global development.

Healthy and empowered young people, especially girls, have the potential to enable a “demographic dividend” for some countries – economic growth that results from declines in mortality and fertility rates. It is this potential that must be harnessed and realized as the global Sustainable Development Goals are being defined.

Join us at the Wilson Center for a panel discussion about the report, which calls for investments in young people to be at the center of a new development framework. 

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Event Speakers List: 

  • Jennifer Adams 
    Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID 

  • Chernor Bah 
    Chair, Youth Advocacy Group, Global Education First Initiative

  • Joel Davis 
    Executive Director and U.S. Youth Ambassador, Youth to End Sexual Violence; Coordinator, HeForShe



  • Roger-Mark De Souza 
    Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center

  • Kate Gilmore 
    Deputy Executive Director (Programme), United Nations Population Fund

  • Anne C. Richard 
    Assistant Secretary of State, Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

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