In September, the United Nations is set to adopt a new framework for humanity — to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability. And in December, new targets for tackling climate change will be established. As we approach these momentous occasions, on January 15, 2015, organizations and individuals around the world will come together for the launch of action/2015 — a movement to demand change and to ensure world leaders adopt truly ambitious goals and agreements for addressing climate change, poverty, inequality and injustice.
Join us for a conversation with Robert Skinner of the UN Foundation, who will provide an in-depth look at the action/2015 movement, and with John W. McArthur, also of the UN Foundation, who will discuss the broader context of the Post-2015 agenda.
Action/2015 and the Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Act
Thursday, January 15, 3 p.m. ET
U.S./Canada Dial-in: 1-800-946-0722
About our speakers:
Robert Skinner is the UN Foundation's Executive Director of the New York Office. Previously, Robert was the Director of External Relations in the UN Foundation’s New York Office. Before originally joining the UN Foundation in April 2006, Robert spent nearly nine years as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, serving in U.S. Embassies in Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He also practiced law in Chicago, including more than three years as a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
John W. McArthur is an economist and Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow with the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute. His work focuses on interrelated issues of economic growth, poverty reduction, health, sustainability, technological advance, and global collaboration. He was previously the CEO of Millennium Promise, the international non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He was also a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Policy Director at the University’s Earth Institute. From 2002 to 2006 he managed the UN Millennium Project, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s independent advisory body mandated to recommend an action plan for achieving the MDGs. Prior to that he was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where he supported the World Health Organization’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report. In 2009 the World Economic Forum recognized him as a Young Global Leader. He is a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development and its Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness.