The Population Council Advances Policy and Impact at National and Global Fora

To ensure that the latest innovations reach decision-makers and that evidence informs policy and practice, the Population Council actively participates in national and global meetings and convenes a diversity of experts. Our goal is to translate robust evidence into actionable strategies.

Malala Yousafzai speaking at Girls Deliver, event hosted by the Population CouncilFrom the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning in Pattaya, Thailand to the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, where we drew evidence from four different studies in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, and Kenya to shed light on how to ensure vulnerable girls receive the education they deserve, the Population Council showed up to engage in dialogue, share insights deeply rooted in research, and inspire action.

We took to the stage at the Commission on Population and Development’s 56th Session, to talk about the benefits and impacts of comprehensive sexuality education. At the Women Deliver conference in Rwanda, we led the first-ever Girls Deliver pre-conference, in partnership with 18 co-hosts and 250 participants—including 40 adolescents and 50 youth participants.

We also co-hosted a conversation with global feminist leaders about the radical potential of education for adolescent girls and young women to create opportunities for activism, democratic participation, and leadership.

Panelists from the NDI Population Council event

In 2023, we also took an active role in United Nations events throughout the year, including at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) and COP28, where we focused our conversations on the intersection of climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights (read more in Ms. Magazine here).

Leveraging our extensive global network, the Population Council initiates and leads vital discussions with key stakeholders, focusing on critical issues in global health and development. Our goal is to drive these conversations into actionable, impactful investments, both globally and nationally.

From L-R: Divina Maloum, Lalita Tamang, Malala Yousafzai, Stacey Abrams, Kalpa Garg, Condolizzarice Akumawah, and Vanessa Nakate meet ahead of starting the day with Girls Deliver. 

Pictured above:

  • Top photo – Malala Yousafzai speaking at a fireside chat the Population Council hosted at Girls Deliver.
  • Middle photo – The Population co-hosted an event at Women Deliver with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), which was a conversation among global feminist leaders about the radical potential of education. Speakers, from left to right, included, Torbjörn Pettersson (Swedish International Development Agency), Karla Rax (Na’leb’ak), Stacey Abrams (politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and NDI board member), and Thoai Ngo, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research at the Population Council.
  • Bottom photo – Girls Deliver with (from lef to right) Divina Maloum, Lalita Tamang, Malala Yousafzai, Stacey Abrams, Kalpa Garg, Condolizzarice Akumawah, and Vanessa Nakate.

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