Najam Keynote Addresses Population Challenges in an Ever-Changing World
On December 7, 2021, Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, delivered the keynote address at the Population Association of Pakistan‘s (PAP) 22nd annual conference, which explored development and population challenges for Pakistan.
The hybrid conference – held in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology in Pakistan – took place remotely and in-person in Islamabad from December 7-9, 2021. Through this event, PAP provides an opportunity to bridge various social science disciplines including economics, public and social policy, statistics, demography, public health, and sociology to deliberate upon solutions for passing population and development-related issues of Pakistan in our ever-changing world.
Najam’s remarks highlighted three areas that population experts, demographers, and social scientists will have to confront: the human development impacts of climate change, the impact of COVID not just as a disease but as a driver of social change, and the continuing youth bulge in countries like Pakistan.
Watch Najam’s full remarks below.
Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.