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The role of demographics promises to be fundamental in shaping the coming world. In this video, Dr. Joel E. Cohen, renowned demographer and a student of global demographic trends for nearly 40 years, launched CGD's discussion series on population series with an overview of global demographic trends. Cohen’s talk 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.