UN Secretary-General and UNDP Administrator Discuss Development Issues with Eminent Economists

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left) poses for a group photo with the world economists 23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN

Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an

informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New

York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis

and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The participating economists were Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University),

Kenneth Rogoff (Harvard University), Dani Rodrik (Harvard University), Nancy

Birdsall (Centre for Global Development), and Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia

University). Participants also discussed the 15 November meeting of world

leaders to be hosted by US President Bush, and the Financing for Development

Review Conference, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, at the end of

November. The financial crisis will also be discussed at the regular meeting of

the Chief Executives Board (CEB) on 24 October 2008. [UN

News Release]