17 May 2012

Panel Discussion on Sustainability in Developing Nations: Opportunities for Public-Private Partners

The United Nations Academic Impact and the Albany Law School jointly hosted a symposium on “Sustainability in Developing Nations: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships” at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at United Nations Headquarters on 16 May 2012.

Legal scholars, practicing attorneys, diplomats and UN officials took part in two separate panels to discuss opportunities for private–public partnerships in developing countries. The first panel reviewed “sustainability challenges” and the other “public-private partnerships and public authorities”.

Professor John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Center, Widener Law School, will be the keynote speaker. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, and Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20 Conference United Nations, were among those taking part in panel discussions.

The event — co-sponsored by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School and Albany law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP — was part of the continuing effort of the United Nations Academic Impact to bring together higher education institutions with the United Nations to support the Organization’s mission and mandates, including in the area of promoting sustainability and democratic participation in governance.

Taking place ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 20-22 June 2012), the symposium was designed to address the impact of globalization on government sustainability policies and provided a forum to international experts to discuss tools that can potentially be used to help pay for government sustainability policies.

The forum was webcast and available at www.un.org/webcast. For information on the United Nations Academic Impact, please visit its website at outreach.un.org/unai.