Demographic Vulnerability: Where Population Growth Poses the Greatest Challenges

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Harvard Club
Cambridge Room
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

World population is projected to increase from 7.3 billion today to 9.6 billion or more by 2050. Virtually all that growth will be in the developing world, and much of that increase will occur in countries struggling to alleviate hunger and severe poverty.

Robert Walker, President of The Population Institute, will be delivering this year's Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Global Health Issues. Mr Walker will be speaking about The Population Institute's recent report on  "Demographic Vulnerability: Where Population Growth Poses the Greatest Challenges." The report itself centers on the challenges facing rapidly developing nations that will not only experience a massive spike in population, but will encounter major obstacles in the face of high poverty rates, food shortages, urbanization, deforestation, and various societal challenges. Mr. Walker will make a case for the necessity of thoroughly planned infrastructure, gender equality, and the curbing of hunger to create a demographically stabilized society. 

Registration begins at 5:30, and seating is first come, first served. A reception will follow.

The event is business casual attire. No jeans, sneakers or athletic wear permitted.

Event Speakers

    • Robert Walker - Speaker
      President, The Population Institute

      Robert Walker is the President of the Population Institute, where he directs the organization's advocacy and public education activities, including its work on issues related to health, economic development, sustainability and the environment.

      Prior to joining the Population Institute in February 2009, Mr. Walker was President of the Population Resource Center. He formerly was the Executive Director of the Common Cause Education Fund, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to promote open, honest and accountable government. 

      He also served for three years as President of Handgun Control, Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and four years as legislative director at Handgun Control, where he led the lobbying campaigns that led to the successful passage of the Brady Law and the federal assault weapons ban. Prior to his work for Handgun Control, Mr. Walker worked for a total of 14 years on Capitol Hill, including five years as a legislative aide to Rep. John B. Anderson and six years as Legislative Director to Rep. Mo Udall, the Chairman of the House Interior Committee. He also served for two years as Legislative Counsel for the American Association of Retired Persons.

      Mr. Walker received his B.A. in Economics from Rockford College and his J.D. from the University of Illinois School of Law.  He attended the University of Sydney in Australia under a Rotary graduate fellowship.