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Population and Development in the 21st Century

Date & Time

Jul. 11, 2024
10:00am – 11:30am ET


Online Only


Thirty years ago, 179 governments came together in Cairo and transformed the global approach to population issues. A landmark event, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was groundbreaking in its recognition that population issues are deeply intertwined with human rights, gender equality, and sustainable development. The ensuing Program of Action set ambitious goals for improving reproductive health, reducing infant, child, and maternal mortality, and achieving universal access to education, especially for girls. This represented a major departure from previous policies that often focused narrowly on fertility reduction.

Please join us this World Population Day for an event featuring leaders on population and development issues and contributors to a new Population Institute report, Revitalizing Population and Development in the 21st Century. Panelists will discuss what more is needed to realize the vision of ICPD, with particular focus on opportunities to further population and environment goals, financing, reproductive health, gender equality, and advancing multisectoral approaches to ensure no one is left behind.

About the Speakers

Roger-Mark De Souza is the Vice President of Sustainable Markets at Pact and a Wilson Center Global Fellow. From 2013-2017, De Souza was the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He has extensive experience building stakeholder relations–over his career, he has built social, economic, health, and environmental programs, teams, and movements across the world to encourage local buy-in and empowerment. Prior to Pact, De Souza worked with Amnesty International, Sister Cities International, Population Reference Bureau, and a number of other nonprofits. 

Emily Dwyer is the Founder, Board Director, and Head of Strategy at Edge Effect, a globally diverse SOGIESC humanitarian and development organization. She is a transwoman and activist, a humanitarian and development worker, and a former radio journalist focused on addressing the rights, needs, and strengths of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identity expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGEISC) within the humanitarian and development sectors. She has previously worked with INGO Internews and the United States Institute of Peace, and has managed media development and humanitarian information projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and elsewhere. 

Dr. Priscilla Idele is the Chief of the Population and Development Branch at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York. She has spent over 30 years in high-level global policy advocacy and national program design, data, and evidence generation, and monitoring and accountability mechanisms for global and national commitments. She primarily focuses on child, adolescent, and women’s health, gender equality, rights and development. At UNFPA, Dr. Idele oversees implementation and national capacity strengthening for censuses, civil registration and vital statistics systems, population policies, and demographic and geospatial analysis and monitoring of sustainable development goals. 

Dr. Apoorva Jadhav is the Senior Demographer in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She serves as the Agency’s authoritative expert in the planning, monitoring, administration, and analyses of statistical surveys and studies in demography in USAID-assisted countries within and outside USAID’s flagship population data platforms: The Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS) and the Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Kathleen Mogelgaard is President and CEO of the Population Institute, where she directs the organization’s advocacy and public education activities. Her work focuses on promoting a deeper understanding of links between issues that are critical for sustainable development, including population dynamics, reproductive rights, gender, climate change, and food security. Prior to joining the Population Institute in 2021, Mogelgaard was a senior fellow at the institute and Principal of KAM Consulting. She has also represented the World Resource Institute as an observer in negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Dr. Nkechi Owoo is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ghana focusing on spatial econometrics, health and demographic economics, poverty and inequality, gender, and climate and environmental sustainability. Currently on sabbatical, she is based at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group in Washington, DC. She is also affiliated with the Center for Global Development, the Population Institute, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. Her current work explores the role of climate shocks on various micro-level outcomes such as food security, child nutrition, mental health, and women’s experience of intimate partner violence. 


Keynote Speaker


Dr. Priscilla Idele

Chief, Population and Development Branch, United Nations Population Fund 


Emily Dwyer

Emily Dwyer

Co-Founder, Board Director, and Head of Strategy, Edge Effect

Dr. Apoorva Jadhav

Senior Demographer and Statistician, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, US Agency for International Development 
Kathleen Mogelgaard

Kathleen Mogelgaard

President and CEO, Population Institute

Dr. Nkechi S. Owoo

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Ghana 

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