Global Poverty after 2015
What Should Lie Beyond the Millennium Development Goals?
The Millennium Development Goals represent the largest coordinated effort the world has ever seen to address global poverty. Under the UN-backed programme, 189 countries have pledged to work together to combat poverty-related ills that affect billions of people: hunger, illiteracy, child mortality, lack of health care.
The MDG effort expires in 2015. Panelists will give insight on both the achievements and flaws of the MDGs. They will offer challenging questions about whether poverty alleviation efforts should continue to apply a uniform set of goals to the entire world, and whether those in the affluent Global North should be prepared to do much more to aid the global poor.
The event caps a two-day workshop launching Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) in Norway. ASAP is a developing global network of academics seeking to have a more direct public impact in global poverty debates and policy. The Norway meeting follows successful launches in the US and UK, and it will be followed in October 2011 by the launch of ASAP India in Delhi.
Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, and Research Director at the Oslo University Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN). He is an internationally renowned scholar of global poverty and global justice. He currently heads an effort to improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide (www.healthimpactfund.org) and toward developing better indices of poverty and gender equity.
Mads Gilbert is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Tromsø. He has more than 30 years of experience offering emergency medicine in war and conflict zones. He came to international prominence in 2008-09, for his extensive work to aid the injured in Gaza and his role as a witness and critic of Israel and other actors in the ongoing conflict. Recent efforts have focused on building health capacity in developing countries and shifting global health emphasis from disaster response to preparedness.
Godelieve Van Heteren is a globally renowned expert in development and health issues. She served in the Dutch Parliament from 2002-06, where she was active on international health and women’s issues. She later served as director of the international aid organization Cordaid, which has 250 full-time staff working in Asia, Africa and South America. She currently heads Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Global Health Initiative, which brings together a range of university, public and non-governmental actors in a broad-ranging effort to improve access to health care in developing countries.
Alberto Cimadamore is a leading global researcher on issues of poverty and indigenous peoples. Besides his position at the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty at the University of Bergen, he holds posts at the University of Buenos Aires and is an advisor to the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Ashok Acharya is Reader in Political Science at the University of Delhi. He has published widely on issues of poverty and affirmative action in India, and he is joint director of the Developing Countries Research Centre at Delhi. He serves as ASAP facilitator in India, and is lead organizer for the ASAP India launch in October 2011.
Luis Cabrera (Panel Moderator) is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Birmingham, and an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics there. He has published widely on global poverty and justice, and he has conducted extensive field work with unauthorized immigrants and other vulnerable persons in the United States, Mexico and Western Europe. He serves as facilitator for ASAP UK.