Global Changes and Challenges and their Implications for Development Policy

23 september, 2013 - kl. 08:30 till 12:00

CONCORD Sweden, The Swedish Development Forum (FUF) and the UNDP Nordic Office welcome you to the seminar:


Global Changes and Challenges and their Implications for Development Policy


Evolving geopolitical changes, emerging global challenges and an increasingly diverse set of actors are reshaping the development landscape. The traditional North-South divide is being transformed into a more complex pattern of development. Development financing is becoming more diversified and capital flows outside ODA-financing such as foreign direct investment and remittances have grown rapidly. Challenges such as climate change and the environment, energy, water and food security and pandemic diseases underscore the need to look at development issues within the larger context of a global agenda for sustainable development. They also call into question some of the established ways donors as well as international governance work. These and other major trends and challenges have for instance been amply described in the UNDP Human Development Report 2013, ”The rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”.

Three distinguished development experts will, from different perspectives, provide an overview of some of the main global trends, challenges and discuss the implications for development policy:

Simon Maxwell. Former Head of the Overseas Development Institute, Executive Chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and various senior advisory assignments including Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee.

Johan Rockström. Professor, Environmental Science and Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Center. Johan Rockström serves on several scientific committees and boards and was co-chairing the visioning process on global environmental change of ICSU, the International Council for Science.

Kanni Wignaraja. Resident Coordinator, UNDP Zambia Country Office, and former Senior Director at UNDP Headquarters New York.

This seminar will also set the stage for a seminar planned for 23 October in cooperation between CONCORD Sweden, FUF and representatives of Swedish political parties. That seminar will focus on the experiencies and future of the Swedish Policy for Global Development (PGU) which was adopted ten years ago.

Date: Monday 23 September

Time: 9.00- 12.00 (Coffee and sandwich will be served 8.30-9.00)

Location: Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6

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