Beginning in September 2008, the Center for Global Development is sponsoring a new look at “Demographics and Development in the 21st Century.” The role of demographics promises to be fundamental in shaping the coming world. In this series, leading scholars explore how demographic changes may affect prospects for global development.
On September 23, 2008 Dr. Joel E. Cohen, renowned demographer and a student of global demographic trends for nearly 40 years, launched the series with an overview of global demographic trends. Cohen’s talk, Beyond Population: Everybody Counts in Development, set the stage for the later sessions that will explore specific demographic shifts now underway and how they may affect development-related outcomes, including poverty reduction, climate change and the financial health of emerging market economies.
In addition to Dr. Cohen, who is Professor and Head of Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia Universities, CGD non-resident fellow Peter Timmer provided additional remarks. Rachel Nugent, CGD's deputy director for global health, moderated the event.