Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA Interim Deputy Director General for Science, will deliver a keynote address at the high-level opening of the fifty-sixth session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD). He will also speak at a side event co-organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the African Union Commission, and the Government of Germany.

The United Nations Population Division  will host the 56th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD 56) from 10 to 14 April 2023 in New York, under the theme: Population, education, and sustainable development.

Lutz was invited by Gheorghe Leucă, Chair of the CPD 56 and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations, to deliver a keynote address during the high-level opening of the session on 10 April. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will participate in the high-level opening. The title of Lutz's keynote address is: Population, Human Capital, and Sustainable Development.

More information about CPD 56 and its program are available at this link: https://www.un.org/development/desa/pd/events/CPD56

Lutz has also been invited to speak at the CPD 56 hybrid side event: Advancing education for demographic dividend(s) and sustainable development on 11 April. The side event is co-organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the African Union Commission, and the Government of Germany. It will feature a panel discussion on why education, including health education and comprehensive sexual education, matters for demographic dividends and sustainable development; on the progress and shortfalls in the education sector and what works in addressing the shortfalls; and the interlinkages between education and demographic change, food security, nutrition, urbanization, climate resilience, and sustainable development.

Lutz will be joined on the panel by leading experts, including Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor at Cornell University, USA, as well as UNESCO and UNFPA representatives. He will deliver a presentation titled: The demographic dividend and human wellbeing.

In-person participants of the side event will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York. Registration link for virtual participation in the side event will be provided on this webpage once it is available.


About the UN Commission on Population and Development

A Population Commission was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 3 October 1946. In its resolution 49/128 of 19 December 1994, the General Assembly decided that the Commission should be renamed the Commission on Population and Development. In the same resolution, the Assembly decided that it, the Council, and the Commission should constitute a three-tiered intergovernmental mechanism that would play a primary role in the follow-up to the implementation of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and that the Commission, as a functional commission assisting the Council, would monitor, review and assess the implementation of the Program of Action at the national, regional, and international levels, and advise the Council thereon.

The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution.

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