27 June, 2011
What has changed since Brundtland? Issues arising from the work of the Global Sustainability Panel
|Date:||Monday, 27 June 2011
|Time:||1.15 - 2.45pm (EST)|
Conference Room 7, North Lawn Building,
In 1983, the United Nations convened the Brundtland Commission to address the serious deterioration of the environment and natural resources. 28 years later, multiple conferences and several international agreements on, what has the international community been able to achieve and what are the issues today? The UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, made up of renowned world figures, has been tasked with formulating a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with mechanisms for achieving it. Their final report is due at the end of 2011 and this seminar will look at some of the issues that have arisen from their work up to now.
The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion to the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.
- Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary, Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability
- Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
Janos Pasztor is currently the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Since April 2008, he has also directed the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team. A national of Hungary (and later also of Switzerland), he received his MS and BS degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the last 25 years, he has worked for various United Nations as well as non-governmental organizations on issues of energy and environment, and over time increasingly on climate change. His assignments have included work with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or the Earth Summit '92). During the period of 1993-2006, he worked at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in various positions. Before joining the office of the UN Secretary-General in New York in 2008, he was director of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) in Geneva.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters (New York). He was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters (Tokyo) from 1996 to 2003. From 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. A former fellow at Harvard University (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, from 1986 to 1992), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm in Paris and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'État in philosophy from the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris. Jean-Marc Coicaud has published 14 books in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations and international law. They are available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, and include the following single-authored books: L'introuvable démocratie autoritaire (L'Harmattan, 1996), Légitimité et Politique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), Politics and Legitimacy: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Beyond the National Interest (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007), Kokuren no Genkai/Kokuren no Mirai (Future of the UN/Limits of the UN - Fujiwara Shoten, 2007), Mai Xiang Guo Ji Fa Zhi (Towards the International Rule of Law - Sanlian Shudian, 2008). His latest book, co-edited with Hilary Charlesworth, is Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
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