IIASA Interim Deputy Director General for Science, Wolfgang Lutz, will deliver a keynote at the 2024 annual meeting of the Population Association of Singapore, focusing on the trends in population and development against the backdrop of numerous changes in the world.

This conference, themed Sustainable Population and Development in a New Era, held in conjunction with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR), frames trends in population and development as unfolding against the backdrop of larger era-level changes in the world today: the rise of traversal technologies such as AI and robotics, the move towards a super-aged world, the rise and persistence of between- and within-country inequalities, increasing migration, and not least, the climate crisis itself. There will be around 300 participants attending the conference including researchers and practitioners in Singapore and beyond.

Being recognized as the expert in population and development research and CFPR’s inaugural board member, Lutz has been invited to deliver a keynote at this conference, along with Sabine Henning, the Chief for the Sustainable Demographic Transition Section, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The aim of the conference is generatively to construct a narrative and discourse around optimism and hope for the future population through social scientific research that explores possibilities of changing in positive directions.

This conference will also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) first held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 when 179 governments across the globe committed to a people-centric approach to population and development policies stressing respect for human rights and the importance of environmental sustainability.

For further information about the conference, please visit https://www.sgpopulation.org/pas-2024