21 September 2020
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Global population growth and its impact on cities and urbanization

World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz will speak at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences workshop on science, technology and health capabilities.

Beijing Subway, China © aphotostory/Shutterstock

Beijing Subway, China © aphotostory/Shutterstock

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed renewed focus on strengthening the capability of U.S. foreign and development policy to anticipate and respond to major global challenges that threaten American prosperity and security. Similarly, great power competition, urgent existential threats such as climate change, and rapidly advancing emerging technologies underscore the importance of assessing how science, technology and health (STH) are integrated into American diplomatic and development missions – and whether State and USAID are maximally leveraging STH to meet pressing challenges in a changing world.

The three-day workshop "Science, Technology, and Health Capabilities within the Department of State and USAID at an Inflection Point" organized by U.S. National Academy of Sciences, aims to identify creative approaches to strengthen the role of STH at the U.S. Department of State and USAID and achieve U.S. diplomatic and development goals in the next 5-10 years.

As one of the world's leading population experts, Wolfgang Lutz is invited to serve as a speaker in Session 1: Major Transnational Challenges in the breakout session Urbanization and the Future of Cities to share his views on global population growth and its impact on cities and urbanization. The Urbanization and the Future of Cities breakout session will examine issues at the intersection of science, technology, health, and urbanization, including successes and challenges of developing sustainable cities and changing perspectives due to COVID-19.

For more information and registration please visit the event website.

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Wolfgang Lutz

Interim Deputy Director General for Science Directorate - DDG for Science Department

Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program

Senior Program Advisor Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Research at POP


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