One Planet to Share: Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Asia must find a development path which allows growth and poverty reduction but with a low carbon footprint. It cannot develop now and clean up later. It must find a new path to sustainable human development. It is a continent which will be most affected by climate change. This report looks at the options for the people of Asia as they strive to improve their human development in a sustainable manner.

Mr. Ajay Chhibber is UN Assistant secretary-General and Assistant Administrator at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He manages the UNDP's Asia-Pacific programs covering thirty-nine countries. Prior to that, he worked for the World Bank for almost 25 years on a range of development issues, managing its programs in Vietnam, Turkey, Macedonia, and in Indonesia and the Pacific and worked in its research department on public finance and public economics. He was the lead author of the seminal work on governance at the World bank and the 1997 World Development Report on the State. He has published widely including five books on economic development and many articles in international journals and in major newspapers. He has a PhD from Stanford University, a Master's from Delhi School of Economics and has worked at the Indian Planning Commission and at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He has also taught economics at Georgetown University and the University of Delhi.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement. She is a development economist who has worked on a broad range of issues of international development including global poverty, gender, technology, violent conflict and human rights.   She is currently working on the MDGs, human rights measurement, and the right to food.  Previously to joining The New School, she was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. In addition to these reports, which include "The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development;" "Readings in Human Development; Rethinking Technical Cooperation - Reforms for capacity building in Africa;" "Capacity for Development - Old Problems, New Solutions;" and numerous papers and book chapters. She is a member of  the UN Secretary General to the Committee on Development Policy and The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health.  She serves on the Board of the International Association of Feminist Economics, Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and Knowledge Ecology International. 

Sponsored by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement.


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