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Connecting Voices Globally to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change, Poverty and Economic Recovery

Global Event

On March 25, State of the Planet 2010 will bring together the world's most influential and innovative thinkers and leaders in a wide range of fields—from many academic disciplines to media, government, policy and business spheres—to tackle critical issues facing the world.

Critical Issues

This year’s conference will address four important challenges.

Climate Change: In the wake of Copenhagen, many remain unsure about what it will take to complete a climate deal. The science remains sound and undeniable, but the backlash over the climate emails hacked from the University of East Anglia and errors made by the IPCC have given skeptics a new round of ammunition.  Where will leadership come from? Is there a middle ground between rich and poor countries? Is a legally binding treaty still possible?

Poverty: The nations of the world agreed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals—a set of established targets to reduce poverty, hunger and disease—by 2015. Though many countries have done remarkably well since the goals were adopted in 2000, places like Haiti are a grim reminder of the fragility of an impoverished nation living on the edge. How do we achieve the goals with five years left?

Economic Recovery: The recession left a great rift in the global economy. Unemployment rates in the United States remain staggeringly high while Washington continues to debate the best way forward. Are we headed back toward business as usual, or will the future be in a green recovery?

International Systems: Increasingly, the concurrent crises of the environment, global health and the economy weaken the ability of many countries to respond to disasters. How can international systems be built to deal with critical issues that span borders?

International Conversation

Around the world, people will be able to participate via webcast and interactive elements. And at event sites in Beijing, New Delhi, London and Nairobi, speakers and attendees will be directly linked to the international debate, moderated from New York.



State of the Planet 2010 will involve the live participation of several sites around the world. See the program for the schedule of the day's sessions.

New York


The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, N.Y.
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
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Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, School of Public Policy and Management
Tsinghua University
Location: Auditorium Hall, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

New Delhi

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
The Taj Mahal Hotel, 1, Mansingh Road, Aftab Mahtab Hall, New Delhi




United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Location: United Nations Office at Nairobi



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