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Council Commentary

Reaffirming Our Resolve to Uphold Global Reproductive Rights: SheDecides Turns Five

This week, I join youth activists, leaders of civil society, ministers and parliamentarians, and others committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, to mark the five-year anniversary of SheDecides. The high-level convening, hosted by His Excellency Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, will reaffirm our collective action to uphold the right for all women and girls to make informed decisions about their bodies, lives, and future. 

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Council Commentary

Beyond Vaccines: Self-Administered, On-Demand Intranasal Formulations for Coronaviruses

Beyond Vaccines: Self-Administered, On-Demand Intranasal Formulations for Coronaviruses

Preventive vaccines—as safe and effective as they appear to be—are not silver bullets to combat the coronavirus everywhere or forever. As COVID variants such as Delta and Omicron emerge, the effectiveness of current vaccines must constantly be re-evaluated. Further, success of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines hinges not only on their safety and efficacy but their widespread availability, acceptance, and uptake.

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Council Commentary

Earth Day: Harnessing Evidence to Invest in Our Planet

April 22 is the 52nd Earth Day. This year’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet”—a call for governments, organizations, and individuals to invest in a better future and to preserve and protect health, families, and livelihoods.

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Council Commentary

To Build a Green Economy, We Must Engage Women and Girls

To Build a Green Economy, We Must Engage Women and Girls
Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC

The theme of Earth Day this year is “Invest In Our Planet,” a call on governments, businesses, and citizens to move away from our reliance on fossil fuels and to build a 21st-century society focused on green energy and inclusive growth.

This transition is beginning to happen, with an increase in green jobs becoming available and a growing number of people choosing to pursue this sector or changing careers.

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Research Spotlight

Gendered Effects of COVID-19 School Closures

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in early 2020 led to worldwide school closures, affecting over one billion students. School closures disproportionately impact girls and those living in communities that are already marginalized and affected by conflict. 

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Research Spotlight

Getting Girls Back to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Operationalizing the School Re-entry Policy Guidelines in Kenya

Getting Girls Back to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Operationalizing the School Re-entry Policy Guidelines in Kenya

COVID-19 disrupted the learning of many children globally, denying them access to social protection and other benefits associated with schooling. 

In Kenya, the Ministry of Education—in collaboration with UNESCO, UNFPA, Population Council, and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance—developed the National Guidelines for School Re-entry in Basic Education through a participatory process.

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Research Spotlight

Community-Level Assessments of Climate Threats in Odisha State, India

Climate change and climate-induced disasters pose a significant challenge to poverty reduction, health, and development in many countries. Located on the east coast of India, the state of Odisha is a climate hotspot, highly prone to climate change and multiple hazards, mainly cyclones, droughts, floods, and heatwaves. 

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Research Spotlight

Community Demographic Model: Invest Today for a Resilient Tomorrow

It's impossible to know exactly what the future will bring, but modeling can help us predict or forecast possible future outcomes.  

Population Council researchers develop demographic projections based on globally used and agreed upon scenarios to help us understand the complex interplay between people and the climate. How will the changes we make or fail to make over time affect our future? 

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