Panel: Towards a new development paradigm

Just three days before the MDG Summit, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Social Watch and Global Policy Forum organize a high-level panel: "Towards a new development paradigm. Rethinking the concepts and measures of development and social progress". The event aims to help broaden the current development discourse by linking analytical discussions of alternative measures and models of development and well-being with political discussions about the concrete actions needed to achieve progress in poverty eradication and social justice. 

Date and Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 17, 2010
Place: German Mission to the United Nations
Lunch buffet: 1:00 – 1:15 pm

The MDG Summit 2010 and the Summit on Sustainable Development 2012 are confronted with simultaneous crises in food security, climate change and the global economic recovery.  These reflect a failure of a model of development and economic progress, which is oriented on a conception of globalization that is blind to environmental and human rights, that confuses economic growth with progress in society, and that regards poverty as a technical challenge unrelated to concerns about inequality and social justice.

These Summits provide an opportunity to look beyond conventional development concepts to a fundamental rethinking of models and measures of development and social progress—in both North and South. 

Welcome: Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative, Mission of Germany to the United Nations

 Francisco Carrión-Mena, Permanent Representative, Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations

 Barbara Adams, Senior Fellow, Global Policy Forum, New York

Moderator: Werner Puschra, Director, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New York

Speakers:  Armando Guebuza, President, Republic of Mozambique [tbc]

  René Ramírez, National Secretary of Planning and Development, Republic of Ecuador

  Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of Parliament, Germany 

  Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

  Roberto Bissio, Coordinator, Social Watch