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Thursday, March 27, 2008


9:30 a.m.
John C. Mutter, State of the Planet Steering Committee
9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University
10:00 a.m.


Kofi A. Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
President, Global Humanitarian Forum

10:20 a.m.

Session 1: Eradicating Poverty as the Poor Population Expands

Moderator: Matthew Bishop, The Economist


Session Keynote

Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations



John McArthur, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Erik S. Reinert, The Other Canon Foundation, Norway
Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
1:45 p.m.

Global Health and the Foreign Policy Agenda

Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway 

2:15 p.m.

Session 2: Addressing Areas of Conflict in Our Changing World

Moderator: Jonathan Ledgard, The Economist


Session Keynote

Jan Egeland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


Kathryn McPhail, International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)
Andrew Morton, United Nations Environment Programme
Jill Shankleman, J. Shankleman Limited
David Victor, Stanford University
4:15 p.m.

Improving Health for Sustainable Development

Alice Dautry, President, Institut Pasteur

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
  Jeffrey D. Sachs, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
6:30 p.m. Special Evening Event

The Economist Debates: The United States and Climate Change

Proposition: "The United States  will solve the climate change problem."

  Host: Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, The Economist

Friday, March 28, 2008


9:30 a.m.

Special Lecture: The Challenge of Sustainable Development in the Next Administration

Jeffrey D. Sachs

10:00 a.m.


Barbara Thomas Judge, Chairman, UK Atomic Energy Authority

10:30 a.m.

Session 3: Identifying Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development

Sponsored by the
   Columbia Business School Energy Club and
   School of International and Public Affairs Energy Association

Moderator: Edward Mcbride, The Economist


Session Keynote

Paula DiPerna, Chicago Climate Exchange


  Eron Bloomgarden, EcoSecurities
  Michael Grubb, UK Carbon Trust
  Klaus S. Lackner, The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Roberto Rodrigues, Superior Agriculture Council of São Paulo’s Federation of Industries



2:00 p.m.

Session 4: Responding to Accelerated Environmental Change in the Arctic

Sponsored by the
   Royal Norwegian Consulate General

Moderator: Geoffrey Carr, The Economist



  Ken Drinkwater, University of Bergen, Norway 
  Grete K. Hovelsrud, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research
  Eystein Jansen, University of Bergen, Norway
  Peter Schlosser, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
  Daniel M. White, Institute of Northern Engineering


4:10 p.m.


Closing Remarks: Jeffrey D. Sachs




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