Fordham Law

Professor Galizzi to Moderate Development Conference Roundtables

September 22, 2008

Professor Paolo Galizzi, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School will moderate a number of roundtables as part of the policy dialogues in support of the forthcoming High Level Event on the MDGs. The event “Environment, Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals: Reshaping the Development Agenda,” beginning at 4:00 pm, will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The event is organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the World Resources Institute. Speakers will include Richard Carey (OECD), Angela Cropper (UNEP), Graeme Wheeler (World Bank), Jonathan Lash (WRI). The keynote address will be delivered by the Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Dr. Puka Temu.

The event will highlight progress on major 2005 commitments, including the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations. Achievements and lessons learned from these initiatives will provide world leaders with concrete evidence that investment in sound and equitable environmental management makes real economic sense and is critical to expanding opportunities for people in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty. These and other key messages from the policy dialogue will inform the three Head-of-State Roundtables at the High-level Event on Poverty and Hunger, Education and Health, and Environmental Sustainability to be held at UN headquarters on September 25. 

The UNDP-UNEP PEI is a joint program to provide financial and technical support to countries to build capacity for mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into national development planning processes.  The Initiative’s Web site can be found at

Contact: Paul W. Brennan