Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Peoples Climate March - no where near where the leaders are meeting

As someone who has been active at the UN climate negotiations, and co-directed the successful multi-stakeholder group to get water into the UNFCCC, I was really pleased to see the posters and promotions for the New York Climate March. 

I thought i would have a look at what is billed the largest climate march ever which is happening in New York on September 21st. I assumed that it is somehow linked to the Secretary Generals event and so would pass right next to the UN. 

To my utter surprise and dismay the march will go no where near the UN where of Heads of State are meeting on September 23rd but as far away on the island as possible.

The march starts at Central Park West between 65th and 86th streets and moves not eastward when it gets to 42nd street towards the UN (1st Avenue) but westward to 11th street. I doubt precious civil rights or peace marches would have agreed to this. If Martin Luther King had had to be as far away as this march is from the White House I think it would have taken him over the Potomac river in Washington. 

Any great march is supported by a host of great and less great speakers. So I then looked to see who were the stars to speak at the rally were. 

Who would be our Martin Luther King speakers? Who would inspire us to work on the issue over the coming months? Who were going to challenge the Heads of State to set targets on CO2? Where are the workshops to prepare us? Where are the meetings organised with the member states who would in the following days be discussing climate change? Where are the rallies in important Senate seats? Because to ratify anything agreed in Paris next year there will need to be 60 members of the Senate prepared to support it. Infact where is a strategy

Again to my dismay I couldn't find a rally or any of the above at the end of the march instead you are meant to 'network'. REALLY!!!! Clearly in the minds of the people organizing the event its not an urgent issue.

I have to say this looks like a HUGE HUGE missed opportunity. I would have to say if i was in the opposition i would be laughing at this. As i am not Im just sad and very disappointed. If this is the best we can do then I dont think we will succeed. 

UN General Assembly ADOPTS SDG OWG Report as basis for negotiations

Taken from the UN DPI News of the Event

AS SIXTY-EIGHTH SESSION NEARS CONCLUSION, GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION


INCORPORATING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS INTO POST-2015 AGENDA


Delegates A lso Pass Measures Addressing Malaria, Revitalizing Work of Assembly

The General Assembly adopted three resolutions today (10th September) , including one that would pave the way for the incorporation of sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda.

In adopting the “Report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/288” (document A/68/L.61), as orally amended, the Assembly decided that the outcome document from the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals would be the main basis for integrating the sustainable development goals into the future development agenda.  The resolution went on to state that other inputs would also be considered during the intergovernmental negotiation process at the upcoming General Assembly session.

"Decides that the proposal of the Open Working Group on Sustainable 
Development Goals contained in the report shall be the main basis for integrating 
sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda, while 
recognizing that other inputs will also be considered, in the intergovernmental 
negotiation process at the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly."

Speaking in explanation of position, the representative of Bolivia, speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, said the Group attached a high degree of importance to the outcome document of the Open Working Group, which contained constructive guidance for the sustainable development goals.  He noted that all reservations on the text must be compiled into and clearly referenced in an official document.

Libya’s representative, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, said the Group had “valid and well-founded” concerns about Goal 16 of the proposed sustainable development goals.  The Group requested that the goal include targets on ending all forms of colonial domination and foreign occupation; strengthening adherence to international law by all stakeholders; and intensifying international cooperation on countering terrorism, especially by addressing its root causes.  He reiterated his request that the Arab Group’s positions be reflected in the Working Group’s report.

The representative of Malawi, speaking on behalf of the African Group and associating himself with the Group of 77 and China, said that today’s adoption signified the beginning of an important journey that would take the international community through the next phase of development negotiations.

The representative of the European Union Delegation noted that considerable progress had been made over the last 18 months and said the discussions that had taken place within the Open Working Group would inform the intergovernmental negotiation process during the upcoming General Assembly session.

Benin’s representative, speaking on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries, said a multilateral approach was the only way to tackle the world’s problems.  He stressed the need to take into account the relevant reservations that had been expressed, without challenging the substance of the document.

In another act, the Assembly adopted the “Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly” (document A/68/951*) and the resolution contained there within.  Through the resolution’s adoption, Assembly members decided to establish an ad hoc working group on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly to identify ways to enhance the role, authority, effectiveness and efficiency of the Assembly by building on progress already achieved.

Speaking after the adoption, the European Union Delegation’s representative pointed to “concrete results” within the resolution adopted, including the earlier election of non-permanent Security Council and Economic and Social Council members.  He added that the agendas of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council needed to be rationalized to eliminate duplication and overlap, as well as boostcomplementarity when considering and negotiating similar and related issues.

The representative of Liechtenstein welcomed a resolution reconfirming the President of the General Assembly’s role in supporting the election process for the Secretary-General by identifying potential candidates in consultation with Member States.  That had not yet happened, but hopefully, future Presidents would fulfil the mandate.  He said he hoped to start a debate in the General Assembly on criteria for possible candidates and regretted that the adopted text did not that.

The representative of Algeria, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, said the process of revitalizing the work of the General Assembly did not stop with the passage of the resolution, but rather, was an ongoing effort.

In a final act, the Assembly adopted ”Consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015” (document A/68/L.60), thereby calling for increased support for the implementation of international commitments and goals pertaining to the fight to eliminate malaria.

The resolution urged malaria-endemic countries to work towards financial sustainability to increase national resources allocated to controlling that disease, while also working with the private sector to improve access to quality medical services.  Further, the resolution called upon Member States to establish or strengthen national policies, operational plans and research, with a view to achieving internationally agreed malaria targets for 2015.

Ethiopia’s representative, speaking on behalf of the African Group, called the resolution “critical” as it would serve as a rallying call for countries and provided tangible guideposts for development partners.

Also speaking today were representatives of Belarus, Thailand, Slovakia, Guatemala, Iran, United States, Japan, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Palau, Ecuador and Australia.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Maurice Strong's Statement to the UNPGA Stocktaking Event

Maurice Strong Secretary 
General of 1972 Stockholm and 1992 Rio Conferences and 
the first Executive Director of UNEP 

Introduction

I am very sorry I could not be with you today in person.  My age conspires to make it difficult to continue racing around the world to significant events, however much I would like to.  It serves as a constant reminder to me of the frailty of human beings, and a metaphor for the vulnerability of systems we once assumed were entirely secure. That age and my experience does, however, provide me the advantage of being able to review some of the political history that often goes unwritten, and to provide some diplomatic – and perhaps undiplomatic – perspective on the current status of the process you all are addressing. 

First let me say how pleased I am to be speaking at the President of the UN General Assemblies Stocktaking event. I would like to thank Ambassador Ashe for giving me this opportunity to comment on the path we are all on towards a more sustainable, fair and equitable world.
It has now been over 42 years from the Stockholm Conference and 22 years from the 1992 Earth Summit. There have been immense changes in the world over those years some of what was agreed has been implemented but much has not.

Science and Climate Change

Thanks to the excellent work by the scientists on the IPCC and those led by Johan Rockstrom we now must respect the planetary boundaries. I have always endeavored to build agendas based on solid science and now I realize that this is not enough.
As science progresses and the planetary predictions become clearer then what we see is those who disagree find someone to go on News and tell the world it’s not true. The World Bank tells us that now 97% of climate scientists say climate change is happening. Then a Fair and Balanced approach would be to be at the forefront of policies that address climate change. Why are we still discussing it as opposed to acting?
We need in Paris next year a strong climate agreement but I worry that will not be possible because of the political reality here in the United States. There hasn’t been an environment treaty ratified by the US Senate since the Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

No issue is more important to our human future than that of climate change in which the political will to act cooperatively and decisively has dangerously diminished.

Indeed, it has never been more important to heed the evidence of science that time is running out on our ability to manage successfully our impacts on the Earth’s environmental, biodiversity, resource and life-support systems on which human life as we know it depends. We must rise above the lesser concerns that preempt our attention and respond to the reality that the future of human life on Earth depends on what we do or fail to do in this generation. The time has come for action.

Governance

We all owe a great debt to Brazil’s leadership in hosting Rio+20 and their continued vigilance to ensure that the Rio agreements are fully implemented

Rio+20 confirmed UNEP as the voice for the world’s environment. As the first Executive Director I am pleased with what it has done in the last 40 years, in particular it has helped to create the multilateral environmental agreements that were needed.

The Earth Summit in 1992 set up the Commission on Sustainable Development and after a successful start it was clear we needed something at a higher level. I argued in 1992 and again in 2012 that should be a reform of the Trusteeship Council which has fulfilled its original purposes and could become the forum in which member states exercise their trusteeship for the global environment, the commons and the Earth’s life-support systems.
But Rio+20 decided to set up instead the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to be the preeminent forum within the broader UN family to coordinate, facilitate, review and create policy on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. It must be the home of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the place to identify emerging issues and set agendas. The HLPF has been charged with a heavy agenda, and needs to be an independent and strong position within the UN. It at present lacks a Bureau, and a functioning secretariat. The challenges of the next 15 years are daunting. In 2030 the next generation will ask if these challenges we faced did lead to us to creating the means of addressing them. The time has come for action.

Finance for Sustainable Development

Before Rio+20 I had suggested the establishment of an investment instrument in the form of “Earth Bonds” to be purchased by private sector foundations, funds and individuals, for investment in sustainable development projects, principally in developing countries. The Green Bond market is at 25bn for the year is now growing fast. The World Bank’s initiative in issuing Green Bonds to finance climate change projects provides a useful precedent. The World Bank and/or its private sector affiliate the International Finance Corporation could also be the issuers of the Earth Bonds. They and the regional development banks could initiate and manage projects funded by the Earth Bonds.
Rio+20 set up a Committee to look promote Sustainable Development Finance. I was hoping to see not only a commitment to sustainable development finance but a timetable for the necessary action. There have been many reports about what is needed now what we need to do is put these into action.  

I am pleased to see the report addressing Capital Markets which must play a significant role in financing sustainable development. Private capital can be made available in amounts exceeding official development aid but only with a conducive regulatory framework can we foster this process.
I commend the finance companies in coalition with NGOs that have been pressing all companies listed on stock exchanges to report on their sustainability.  The time has come for action.

Sustainable Development Goals

The most important outcome from Rio+20 was the agreement to develop Sustainable Development Goals which would apply to all countries. The development of the SDGs has been a real participatory process which I commend those who have led this process.

We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to the governments of Columbia and Guatemala for leading this process and also to the Co-chairs of the SDG OWG Ambassador Macharia Kamau and Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi for shepherding the process to where we are now.

But I want to be very clear that what we have at this point should be seen as a floor and not a ceiling of ambition.

It is a good start but much more work must be done to ensure when Heads of State address these issues that they will be well informed and that they agree to a set of transformative Sustainable Development Goals. Goals and targets that will address the planetary boundaries we are facing, built on a firm social foundation that address inequalities and one that looks to address early the nexus of water-energy-food that will define the type of world we live in in 2030. The security and sustainability of life on Earth depends on what you do.

Many of you will play a significant role in what will be achieved or not. We live in a time of great challenges on so many fronts that sometimes the issues we talk about today are lost in the noise of war and peace. But there are also great opportunities with building an inclusive and green economy that will bring jobs and a cleaner and more sustainable planet.

The roadmap that started in Stockholm, continued in Rio and Johannesburg and in Rio-20 must now become a reality. Our essential unity as peoples of the Earth must transcend the differences and difficulties which still divide us. We are called upon to rise to your historic responsibilities as custodians of the planet in taking the decisions that will unite rich and poor, North, South, East and West, in a new global partnership to ensure our common future. I ask you all to join in making it happen.  


Thank you, Mr. President.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

European Union announces new Commissioners for Climate, Environment and Development

Miguel Arias Cañete
is the new EU Commissioner designate for  Climate Action and Energy. He is a Spanish politician  between 2011 and 2014 he served as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the current Partido Popular government. n politics Arias Cañete served first as a representative in the Parliament of Andalusia from 1982 until 1986, resigning upon being elected to the European Parliament where he served until 1999 and chaired the Agricultural and Regional Politics Committees. He then served in the Spanish Senate from 1993 until 2000 when he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Fishing in the governments of José María Aznar. He served as a representative for Cadiz district in the 2004-2008 Spanish congress before being elected at the 2008 election from the Madrid Region district, which he currently represents.[2] After the 2011 General Election he served as the minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Mariano Rajoy Government.

Karmenu Vella 

is the new Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. He is a Maltese politician. He is one of the longest serving Maltese Parliamentarian with the Malta Labour Party. .n 1976 he contested the general elections for the first time and was elected as the youngest Member of Parliament and since then he has continued serving as a Maltese Parliamentarian for thirty eight uninterrupted years as a Labour Member of Parliament. During his Parliamentary term in government, Vella has been nominated Minister for four times during the Labour Party Government. He was Minister for Public Works between 1981 and 1984, Minister for Industry from 1984 till 1987, Minister for Tourism between 1996 and 1998 and was again appointed as Tourism Minister in March 2013 until his nomination as EU Commissioner Designate in 2014. During his Parliamentary term in opposition, he served both as Shadow Minister for Tourism as well as Shadow Minister for Finance.

Neven Mimica 
 is the new Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development he is is a Croatian politician and diplomat, currently serving as a European Commissioner for Consumer Protection.He was elected to the Croatian Parliament in 2003 as a representative of the Social Democratic Party, and again in 2007. Since January 2008 he serves as deputy speaker of the Croatian parliament and is also the chairman of the parliament's committee for European integration.
On December 23, 2011 he was selected as a Deputy Prime Minister of the Croatian government, responsible for Internal, Foreign and European policy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Capital Markets and their role in Sustainable Development Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

Capital Markets and their role in
Sustainable Development Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

11th of September from 115-230pm Conference Room C

Hosted by UNCTAD

Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, AVIVA Investors

Lenora Suki, Senior Product Strategist, Sustainability Initiatives, Bloomberg LP

Mariela Vargova, Ph.D., is a Senior Sustainability Analyst with the Sustainability and Impact 
Investing team at Rockefeller Financial Asset Management.

Chantal Line Carpentier, Ph.D. Chief, New York Office of UNCTAD

Chaired by Felix Dodds Tellus Institute

Background information on side event: This will focus on a response to the SDG OWG and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

For generations policy makers have sought to align the interests of the financial markets and society.

Nowhere is this tension more keenly and persistently felt than in the relentlessness of the capital markets to allocate capital to short term, unsustainable uses. Policy-makers need to plan for the long-term and tackle a range of environmental and social issues, such as poverty, climate change and human rights. As well as Nexus issues such as Water-Energy-Food.

Adopting the conventional definition of sustainable development and applying it to capital markets:
“capital markets that finance development that meets the need of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Public policy makers have traditionally tended to focus on the flow of aid when considering traditional sustainable development issues.

However, private capital in the tens of trillions is allocated matters far more than how the tens of billions of dollars of official assistance get dispensed.

A primary failure of the capital markets in relation to sustainable development as one of misallocation of capital. This, in turn, is a result of global governments’ failure to properly internalize environmental and social costs into companies’ profit and loss statements. As a consequence, the capital markets do not incorporate companies’ full social and environmental costs. Indeed, until these market failures are corrected through government intervention of some kind, it would be irrational for investors to incorporate such costs since they do not affect financial figures and appear on the balance sheet or – therefore – affect companies’ profitability. This means that corporate cost of capital does not reflect the sustainability of the firm. The consequences of this are that many unsustainable companies have a lower cost of capital than they should and so are more likely to be commercially successful than their more sustainable competitors.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Appoints Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Experts from civil society, private sector, academia, Governments and international 
organizations named 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Group will advise the Secretary-General on measures required to close the data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities.

The Group is also expected to assess new opportunities linked to innovation, technical progress and the surge of new public and private data providers to support and complement conventional statistical systems and strengthen accountability at the global, regional and national level.

The Secretary-General has appointed two co-chairs: Professor Enrico Giovannini of Italy and Mr.
Robin Li of China. The full list of Panel members is available below.

“The data revolution is giving the world powerful tools that can help usher in a more sustainable
future,” said the UN chief. “The recommendations of the Group will be important inputs to the post-2015 debate and our efforts to shape an ambitious yet achievable vision.”
The Group is part of the Secretary-General’s efforts to prepare the Synthesis Report that Member
States have asked him to issue ahead of the intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Special Advisor of the Secretary-General for Post-2015 Development Planning, Assistant
Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Thomas Gass, will serve on the Group as ex-officio members and will provide the link to the UN system.

The Group is expected to submit its recommendations to the Secretary-General in the fall of 2014.
he Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the
“Data Revolution for Sustainable Development”

Enrico Giovannini (Italy) 

Co-Chair
A Professor of Economics and Statistics at University Tor Vergata of Rome since 2002,
Professor Giovannini was the Minister of Labor and Social Policies in Italy from April
2013 to February 2014. He was previously President of the Italian Statistical Institute
(Istat) and Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Robin Li (China) 

Co-Chair
Robin Li is co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baidu, the Chinese
Nasdaq-listed internet search company. He was previously a staff engineer for Infoseek
and a senior consultant for IDD Information Services. Mr. Li also acts as the vice
chairman of the internet Society of China (ISC).

TCA Anant (India) 

TCA Anant is the Chief Statistician of India, with concurrent responsibility as the
Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. He is also a co-
Chair of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress. He was
previously a professor of economics at the Delhi School of Economics, and a member of
the advisory committee on regulations under the Competition Commission of India.

Shaida Badiee (Iran) 

Shaida Badiee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Open Data Watch. During
her tenure as Director of the World Bank's Development Data Group, flagship statistical
products were launched such as the World Development Indicators and Global
Development Finance. In 2010, she led the World Bank's Open Data Initiative to
provide full and free access to the World Bank's extensive statistical databases. Prior to
that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21.

Alicia Barcena (Mexico) 

Alicia Bárcena is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). She previously served as the Under-Secretary-
General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chef de Cabinet
and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Carmen Barroso (Brazil) 

Carmen Barroso is the Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation,
Western Hemisphere Region. She has served on the Millennium Project Task Force on
MDG 3 and the Brazilian Commission on Reproductive Health, and currently serves on
the board of the International AIDS Alliance, is co-chair of PAHO’s Panel on Gender
and Health, and is a member of the Independent Expert Review Group of the Global
Strategy on Women and Children’s Health, appointed by the UN Secretary-General.

Nicolas de Cordes (France)

Nicolas de Cordes is Vice President of Marketing Vision at Orange France Telecom
Group. An expert of the telecom industry, he joined Orange France Telecom in London
where he headed the Mobile Strategy Practice before moving to Paris to lead the Group
Strategy Team covering all lines of business. He was previously Head of Consumer
Marketing with Mobistar, the Belgian mobile subsidiary of Orange.

Haishan Fu (China) 

Haishan Fu is the Director of the Development Data Group at The World Bank. She was
previously the Director of the Statistics Division of United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Prior to that, she was the Chief of
Statistics at the Human Development Report Office of United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP).

Johannes Jütting (Germany) 

Johannes P. Jütting is the Manager of the PARIS21 Secretariat within the OECD's
Development Co-operation Directorate, where he leads the partnership’s work in
supporting developing countries to strengthen capacity to better produce and use
statistical data for policy-making and the monitoring of development outcomes. He was
previously Head of the Global Development Team at the OECD Development Centre.

Robert Kirkpatrick (US) 

Robert Kirkpatrick is the Director of the UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the
Secretary-General to harness Big Data for a revolution in humanitarian action and
sustainable development. His work in government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private
sector has focused on developing solutions at the intersection of technology, policy and
social change. He was previously Lead Architect for Microsoft's Humanitarian Systems
Team.

Pali Lehohla (South Africa)

Pali Lehohla is the Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa. He is the current
Chair of the Africa Symposium on Statistical Development, and was the Chair of the
United Nations Statistics Commission in 2008 – 2009. He managed censuses for
Bophuthatswana in 1985 and 1991 and was also responsible for directing the South
African Census in 1996.


Tim O’Reilly (US) 

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. A thought leader in
technology and innovation, he is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a
venture firm, and board member of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and
Maker Media.

Sandy Pentland (US)

Sandy Pentland is the Toshiba Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A
pioneer in organizational engineering, mobile information systems, and computational
social science, Professor Pentland's research focuses on harnessing information flows
and incentives within social networks, the big data revolution, and converting this
technology into real-world ventures. He is founder and director of the Human Dynamics
group, and the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program.

Rakesh Rajani (Tanzania) 

Rakesh Rajani is the Head of Twaweza, an initiative to enhance access to information,
citizen agency, and public accountability in East Africa. He was previously the founding
Executive Director of HakiElimu, an independent organization that promotes citizen
engagement in education in Tanzania.

Wayne Smith (Canada) 

Wayne R. Smith is the Chief Statistician at Statistics Canada. He was previously
Assistant Chief Statistician in the agency’s Communications and Operations division,
Director General of Regional Operations, Director of Special Surveys Division Branch,
and Director of Communications Division.

Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape (Mexico) 

Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape is the President of the Board of Governors of the National
Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico. He previously served as Chief
Economic Advisor to President Vicente Fox and as Secretary of Economy in the cabinet
of President Felipe Calderón.

Gabriella Vukovich (Hungary)

Gabriella Vukovich is the President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. She
currently serves as the Acting Chair of the 45th Session of the UN Statistical
Commission. A specialist in Population and Development, she was previously the Head
of the Population Census Department in the Hungarian Central Statistical Office.

Juliana Rotich (Kenya) 

Juliana Rotich is the co-founder and Executive Director for Ushahidi, an open-source
software project which uses crowdsourced geolocation, mobile phone, and web
reporting data to provide crisis reporting and information. Rotich is also a founder of
iHub, a Nairobi tech space and Mobisoko, a mobile marketplace for language and
location relevant apps in Africa.


Robert Chen (US) 

Robert Chen is the Director and Senior Research Scientist, Center for International Earth
Science Information Network (CIESIN) within the Earth Institute at Columbia
University. He is also on the faculty steering committee for the Columbia Global Center
Beijing and served on the University’s E-Science Task Force.

Edilberto Loaiza (UNFPA) 

Edilberto Loaiza is a Social Demographer working as Sr. Adviser for Monitoring and
Evaluation in the Technical Division of UNFPA in New York. Before joining UNFPA
in 2009, Mr. Loaiza spent ten years working in UNICEF at the Strategic Information
Section (SIS) where he coordinated the data production, analysis and dissemination for
the areas of child mortality, education and child protection

Katell Le Goulven (UNICEF) 

Katell Le Goulven is the Chief of Policy Planning at UNICEF where she was previously
Head of Multilateral Affairs. Before joining UNICEF, she held senior positions with the
United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, the
International Commission on Climate Change and Development, and the International Task
Force on Global Public Goods.

Eva Jespersen (UNDP) 

Eva Jespersen is the Deputy Director, Human Development Report Office at UNDP.
Prior to joining UNDP, she worked at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in
Florence where, as chief of the unit for research on social and economic trends and
policies she led two flagship reports, the Social Monitor and the Report Cards on child
wellbeing.

Thomas Gass (ex officio) 

Thomas Gass is the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-
Agency Affairs in UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Previously, as
Ambassador and Country Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation in Nepal, he established the Embassy of Switzerland in the country and
served as its Head of Mission.

Amina J. Mohammed (ex officio) 

Amina J. Mohammed is Assistant Secretary-General and the Secretary-General’s
Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She previously served as Senior
Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals in
three administrations. In 2005 she was charged with the coordination of the debt relief
funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development
Goals in Nigeria.