Private Event: UN Under-Secretary-General Designate David Malone


During this interactive and off-the-record discussion, Malone will draw on his extensive experience in India, Nepal, Bhutan and other regions to explore how development can be understood and pursued. How we perceive development — whether through happiness indicators measured in Bhutan or GDP and quality of life statistics followed closely in developed and developing countries alike — is crucial in determining the means employed to achieve it. As we see myriad models unfold, from Western capitalism to managed socialism, what can we identity as the tough choices facing countries today as they strive towards economic prosperity, human development and global stature, while grappling with larger forces such as migration, rapid urbanization, planning and infrastructure challenges, and, above all, a struggling global economy? Given limited resources, what elements should countries aim to achieve in their quest for development? What role does philanthropy and research play, and how can governments and institutions help to achieve balanced and sustainable growth?

David Malone serves as President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He becomes an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo on March 1, 2013. UNU is an international network of scholars that serves as a think tank for the United Nations system. Earlier, he has served as Canada`s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal. Other positions he has held include Assistant Deputy Minister (Global Issues) in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, President of the International Peace Academy in New York, and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He has taught at Columbia University and the University of Toronto, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. His books include Law and Practice of the United Nations, and Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy.

R.S.V.P. for this event in by invite-only.

This programme is part of our BASIC (Breakfast at Asia Society India Centre) Series, which brings eminent speakers from the fields of Asian business, arts, culture and policy to Asia Society Members and Patrons, and provides a senior level platform for discussion on issues of current interest affecting Asia and the world.

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Event Details

Thu 14 Feb 2013
9 - 11 a.m.
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