Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture series provides a unique forum for distinguished guest lecturers to discuss important aspects of population and development.
The 14th lecture will be delivered by President of Chile Michelle Bachelet.
Her lecture will take place on 6 April 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters, New York. It can be livestreamed here.
On the lecture series:
This series was created to honour the memory of Rafael Salas, the first Executive Director of UNFPA. The first lecture was delivered in 1989 by Dr. Saburo Okita, former Foreign Minister of Japan, on Population and Development. Subsequent lectures have been delivered by such distinguished persons as: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Population and Nature; Captain Jacques Cousteau, on The Greatest Adventure of All Time; and Nicholas D. Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, on The Greatest Challenge in the 21st Century: Gender Equality in Development.
The most recent speaker, in 2016, was Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, on the Importance of Investing in Young People to Achieve Sustainable Development and the Demographic Dividend.
The 2018 lecture takes place as the world begins counting down to the 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the 50th Anniversary of when UNFPA began operations.
A short tribute to Rafael Salas will also be screened at the event.