17th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture

15 December 2021

United Nations Headquarters, New York

The Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture series provides a unique forum for distinguished guest lecturers to discuss important aspects of population and development.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Jeffrey Jordan, CEO and President of Population Reference Bureau on the topic "Data and demagoguery: Human rights and development in the disinformation age."
The lecture will be followed by a high-level interactive panel discussion moderated by Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Bureau Chief & Correspondent of SABC News. 

In addition to Mr. Jordan, other panelists will include Ambassador Yoka Brandt, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations; Mr. Chris Rusatira, a youth activist; and Dr. Natalia Kanem, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director.

The 17th Rafael M. Salas Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday, 15 December 2021 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. You can watch the lecture live here:



On the lecture series:

The lecture series was initiated in 1989 as a tribute to Mr. Rafael M. Salas, who served as the first Executive Director of UNFPA. Under his leadership, UNFPA grew into the world’s largest provider of multilateral population assistance. The first lecture was delivered by The Honorable Dr. Saburo Okita, former Foreign Minister of Japan, on Population and Development, and the most recent speaker, in 2020, was Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, who spoke on development after COVID-19.


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