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UN Secretary-General to Speak at Davos World Economic Forum on “Redefining Sustainable Development”
28 January, 2011
World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland
9:00-10:00 a.m. (CET)

UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon will open a discussion on “Redefining Sustainable Development” with members of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability at a plenary session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 28 January 2011.

The Secretary-General will join President Tarja Halonen of Finland, a co-chair of the Panel, in a plenary discussion from 9 – 10 a.m. The discussion will also include President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart, and will be moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The plenary session will be webcast live on the World Economic Forum website: http://www.livestream.com/worldeconomicforum

The Secretary-General has made sustainable development one his top priorities for the United Nations system. Last August he established the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, which includes leading global policy makers, private sector and civil society experts. The Secretary-General has asked the Panel to provide bold but practical recommendations for how the world can provide a decent life for all on a planet that is under increasing strain, not least from climate change and critical resource scarcities. The Panel will deliver its report to the Secretary-General at the end of the year.

The Secretary-General will use the recommendations of the Panel to provide inputs into relevant intergovernmental processes, such as the preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 2012), and the annual meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The full list of Panel Members and their Terms of Reference are available on the Panel website at: www.un.org/en/gsp

For more information, contact Dan Shepard, UN Department of Public Information, +1 212 963-9495, email shepard@un.org