Security and Governance

Berlin 1: Trains, Taxis and Bicycles — From the Netherlands to Germany

Introduction: Staff from Population Action International are presenting “The Shape of Things to Come: Why Age Structure Matters to a Safer, More Equitable World” ” at several events in Europe. Join Tyler LePard, PAI’s Media Manager, for an inside look!

The Population Action International team left The Hague on Wednesday
morning, excited about the success of “The Shape of Things to Come” at
the Peace Palace.
After the panel briefing, a senior ministry official told us that he
was going to use the report in a briefing for Parliament and encourage
them to make demographics a key priority in development assistance and
to increase funding for sexual and reproductive health programs and
services. Hooray!

Bicycles

In the Netherlands, I was particularly impressed by the number
of bicycles I saw. A couple of us in the PAI office bike to work, but
it looks like everyone in the Netherlands rides bicycles. It’s an
environmentally friendly way to get around – and fun too!

PAI President/CEO Amy Coen, Former Army General and current
PAI board member Claudia Kennedy, Tod Preston, Liz Leahy and I boarded
the train for a day of travel. On the way there, we took advantage of
the rare opportunity for all of us to be together for six uninterrupted
hours, and talked through ideas for future projects. Our next
destination: Berlin, Germany. PAI was invited to present Shape there by
our German partner, DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung).

Christmas Market

In the evening, we arrived at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (the
city’s new central train station and the largest rail interchange in
Europe). We had just enough time to check into our hotel in Mitte
(Berlin’s central district) and make a quick trip to a
christkindlemarkt (Christmas Market) at Gendarmentmarkt – which was
full of bright lights, holiday crafts, decorations, and trinkets. Just
a quick look around, and then we made it back to meet DSW staff for
dinner and a planning session about the events on Thursday.

 

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