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06 April 2017

The Role of the Private Sector in Global Sustainable Development

In 2015, all 193 countries signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, setting a broad and bold agenda for reducing poverty, promoting inclusive prosperity, and sustaining the environment.

On April 6, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings will co-host a panel discussion along with the United Nations Foundation on the role of the private sector in global sustainable development, with opening remarks from Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. Lord Malloch-Brown chairs the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, which recently released the "Better Business, Better World" report. The report makes the case that not only do the SDGs need the private sector, but business needs the SDGs, too. Specifically, the report argues that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth up to $12 trillion and increase employment in the developing world by up to 380 million jobs by 2030. After the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20036

Introduction and moderator
John W. McArthur, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution

Featured presenter
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair, Business & Sustainable Development Commission

Laura Alfaro, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, Mars, Inc.

18 April 2017

President of the General Assembly's High-level SDG Financing Lab

When: Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Where: UN Headquarters, New York

On 18 April 2017, the President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson will convene a High-level SDG Financing Lab to highlight the critical importance of sustainable financing for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate action. The event will focus on how to drive the transformation to align financial markets with sustainable development, as well as showcase concrete ways in which UN Member States can approach the financing of different SDGs.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify four civil society or social entrepreneur speakers, as well as stakeholders wishing to attend the event as observers.

Civil society and social entrepreneur speakers are to be identified through this process for the following four roles: 

1) High-level Panelist for Interactive Panel Discussion on "Setting the scene - What will it take to finance the SDGs?" 
2) Workshop 1: Building an inclusive and peaceful future for all (SDGs 1-5, 16) 
3) Workshop 2: Fostering economic growth and development, building resilient infrastructure, and tackling inequality (SDGs 7-11)

4) Workshop 3: Protecting our world in the present and future (SDGs 6, 12-15)

Travel funding will be available for 2 of the selected speakers, but not for observers.

22 March 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee 
23 March 2017 - Apply for stakeholder speaking roles 
12 April 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer

UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the speakers for this event. 

Apply for the stakeholder Selection Committee here: 

All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/18April-UNPGA-SDG-Financing-Apps-Received

19 May 2017

Luncheon on American Business Cooperation with the UN

The Better World Campaign and the Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN) invite you to a luncheon on American Business Cooperation with the UN on May 19th from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060.

The briefing will include representatives from Intel, Mars, BD Medical and White & Case discussing how economic stability and growth are fostered by the UN's global work.

When: Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT 
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060 (formerly B354)
Lunch will be served.

24 May 2017

Examining the Strategic Implications of Trump's First Budget

Please join the Stimson Center for a panel that unpacks the Trump administration’s first budget and its strategic impact worldwide. Stimson’s experts will examine the strategic implications of military spending increases as well as the proposed deep cuts to the State Department, and United Nations budgets.

The Trump administration is expected to send the full details of its first budget to Congress on May 22, but the topline details have already angered Democrats and Republicans alike. The proposal, which may be adjusted to represent changes in fiscal year 2017, boosts the Department of Homeland Security's budget by $2.8 billion, bumps the National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget by 11 percent to bolster nuclear modernization, and provides a $52 billion increase to the Department of Defense (DOD) at the expense of funding to the U.N., Department of State, and nearly every other department.

Kate Brannen (moderator), Deputy Managing Editor, Just Security
Aditi Gorur, Director, Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, Stimson Center
Laicie Heeley, Fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program, Stimson Center
Sally Yozell, Senior Associate and Director, Environmental Security program, Stimson Center

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Stimson Center
1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

To RSVP, please click here.

26 May 2017

China's Belt and Road Initiative: A New Silk Road Empire?

Please join us for a panel discussion with Tom Miller, author of China’s Asia Dream, and Stimson experts on the implementation and implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Under Xi Jinping, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historical position as the dominant state in Asia. By funding and building roads, railways, ports, and power lines – a New Silk Road across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean – China aims to draw its neighbors ever tighter into its embrace.

How much progress has China made in building “One Belt, One Road,” what are the challenges ahead, and how does the initiative fit into China’s ambitions to replace the U.S. as the leading power in Asia? A keen observer of Chinese geo-economics, Miller will join Stimson’s experts on East, Southeast, and South Asia to discuss the implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the implications for the recipient countries, the region, and the U.S.-China relations.

When: Friday, May 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, 8th Floor, NW, Washington, DC 20036

30 May 2017

The Political Economy of Forests: REDD+, Good Governance and Land Rights

Save the date for WRI's second Greening Governance seminar: The Political Economy of Forests: REDD+, Good Governance and Land Rights.

Join us for an engaging conversation on improving forest governance and securing land rights with distinguished experts from civil society.

Featured Speakers:
Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Peter Veit, Director, Land And Resource Rights Initiative, World Resources Institute

Moderated by:
Mark Robinson
, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT 
Location: James A. Harmon Conference Center
World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE, Suite 800
Washington, DC, 20002

For more information, please contact Sophie Boehm ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

31 May 2017

Changing U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

The conflict in Afghanistan is the United States’ longest-running war. Despite the progress made there since September 11, 2001, the persistence of the Taliban insurgency is perhaps still the most debilitating challenge facing the country. The continuing dangers posed by the insurgency in the face of the weaknesses of the Afghan state suggest that the United States and its allies must make important decisions on how best to support Afghanistan going forward.
Today, as the Trump administration is reviewing these issues, U.S. choices about its future involvement in the country remain arguably the most crucial external factor in the evolution of both the conflict and the Afghan state. A recent paper by Ashley J. Tellis and New America’s Jeff Eggers, U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: Changing Strategies, Preserving Gains, examines these paths forward. Tellis will present the paper’s findings and then be joined by Ambassadors Zalmay Khalilzad, Daniel F. Feldman, and Hussain Haqqani to discuss future U.S. and allied involvement in Afghanistan and potential policy approaches. Jeff Eggers will moderate the discussion. A light lunch will follow. Copies of the paper will be available at the event.

Jeff Eggers

 Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

To register, please click here.

02 June 2017

India's Search for Prosperity



Friday, June 2, 2017


1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036


10:00 to 11:30 a.m.


Vijay Joshi, Subir Gokarn


Milan Vaishnav

India’s economic resurgence has been the subject of many extravagant predictions and hopes. The road India takes will matter not only for the lives of its billion-plus people but also for the course of global economics and politics.

Drawing on a new book, India’s Long Road: The Search for Prosperity, economist Vijay Joshi will examine the foundations of the country’s mixed economic performance and discuss how relations between the state, the market, and the private sector must be comprehensively realigned course for India to achieve widely shared prosperity. According to noted economist Jagdish Bhagwati, “At a time when the Indian scene is flooded with many books, Vijay Joshi’s latest contribution towers above all others.” Subir Gokarn of the International Monetary Fund will offer comments, and Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav will moderate.

Press Contact: Meshal DeSantis | +1 202 939 2233 |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Vijay Joshi is emeritus fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He has held positions with India’s Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of India, J.P. Morgan India Investment Trust, and the World Bank.

Subir Gokarn is the executive director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka on the board of the International Monetary Fund. He was previously senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution India Center.


Milan Vaishnav is a senior fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the recent book When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. Follow him on Twitter @MilanV.

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