AFIDEP’s Dr Eliya Zulu at UN high-level meeting to discuss the population-environment nexus
Event Date: 21 - 22 Jul 2021
Event Location: Virtual

AFIDEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliya Zulu will join experts at a high-level meeting convened by the United Nations (UN) Population Division of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Happening on 21 and 22 July 2021, the meeting will discuss population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth which is the special theme of the 55th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD).

Dr Zulu will be joined by other experts, Leiwen Jiang, Senior Associate – Population Council and Raya Muttarak, Program Director – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on Thursday 22 July (11.30am – 12.30pm, EDT) in session five (V) of the meeting, to share insights on ‘population dynamics and environmental sustainability.’

 The session will be moderated by Steven Stone, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division – UNEP. Specifically, the session will explore population dynamics and global climate challenges; how population change has affected the patterns of consumption and production; and the key environmental implications.

The ongoing global health crisis and economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have renewed attention on among other things, population dynamics, sustainable economic growth and forms of inequality. The expert group meeting will bring together high-level speakers, experts and moderators to review the latest evidence and analysis on these topics. Presentations and discussions from the meeting are expected to generate inputs for the preparation of the Secretary- General’s report on the forementioned theme of CPD’s 55th session, scheduled for 2022.

Currently, AFIDEP is leading work on a new global USAID initiative to promote a cross-sectoral approach to challenges at the nexus between population, the environment, and development.

UN DESA convenes the expert group meeting in collaboration with the Division for Economic Analysis and Policy (EAPD) and for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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