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Live from Rio+20, Day Four: “Plenary Floor, Demographic Dividend and the Youth Bulge”

RH Reality Check | 06-22-2012

It’s the final day of Rio+20 and last minute deliberations in the UN plenary are at a high-pitch – Sweden and Denmark have made strong statements in favor of reproductive rights, and I understand US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling for support of women’s empowerment, reproductive health and rights on the floor as we speak. We will follow this closely today as the meeting comes to what promises to be a dramatic close tonight.

While the last hours of negotiations unfold, we begin to look forward. Fitting then that I attended an important side-event yesterday about future demographic trends and how to turn them into dividends rather losses. For that I headed over to the US Country tent for a high-level discussion on “Making Population Matter: The Demographic Dividend and Sustainable Development”.

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