Agenda of Global Human Development Forum, Istanbul

20 Mar 2012

Istanbul – Global Human Development Forum
Esma Sultan Palace
Istanbul, Turkey
22-23 March 2012

Agenda (March 20th, 2012)

Thursday 22 March, 2012

Registration and Security Check
(08:30 – 9:00)

Opening session (09:00-9:30)

Welcoming remarks:

• Khalid Malik, Director, UNDP Human Development Report Office
• Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Development, Turkey

Opening speeches:

• Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
• Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

Coffee break (9:30 – 9:45)

Module 1 (9:45 – 11:15)

Greening Human Development

Olav Kjørven, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy

Keynote address:

 Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization


• Vladimir Zhakarov, Director, Institute of Sustainable Development of the Civic Chamber, Russia
• Ugur Yüce, CEO, ENDA Energy Holding A.S., Turkey
• Henri Valot, Director of Communication, CIVICUS, South Africa
• Tomas Anker Christensen, Undersecretary for Global Challenges, MFA, Denmark


Coffee break (11:15 – 11:30)

Module 2 (11:30 – 13:00)

Social Contract: Building Equity and Sustainability

Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Development, Turkey

Keynote addresses:

 Tarja Halonen, Former President, Finland and Co-chair, Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability


• Abhijit Sen, Member Planning Commission, India
• Erinc Yeldan, Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
• Karl Theodore, Professor of Economics, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago


Lunch (13:00 - 14:00)
Module 3 (14:00 – 15:15)

Innovative Financing for a Sustainable Future

Moderator: Maharaj Muthoo, President, Forest Stewardship Council International

Keynote address: 

• Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for Development Cooperation, Sweden
• Julien Meimon, Secretariat Coordinator, Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development, France


• Muhammed Asghar, President, National University of Science and Technology , Pakistan
• Jasmine Burnley, G8/G20 Policy Adviser, Oxfam, GB
• Denis Broun, Executive Director, UNITAID
• Mariama Williams, Senior Research Fellow, South Centre


Coffee Break (15:15 – 15:45)

Special Event (15:45 - 17:00)

Debate on Influencing Sustainable Development

“The Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and
the UNDP Human Development Report 2011” (see attachment 1)

Janos Pasztor and Eva Jespersen

Tarja Halonen, Gunilla Carlsson, Jim Balsillie, Rebeca Grynspan, Khalid Malik

Friday 23 March, 2012

Registration (08:30 – 09:00)

Module 4 (09:00 – 10:15)

New Deal on Sustainable Development? Challenges and Opportunities for Rio+20

Moderator: Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary, Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

Keynote address:
• Romulo Paes de Sousa, Vice Minister of Social Development, Brazil
• Martin Lees, former Secretary-General, Club of Rome and former Rector, University of Peace


• Krishna Gyawali, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Nepal
• Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya
• Lilla Makay, Head of Department, International Development Cooperation, Hungary
• Jin Fang, Deputy Secretary-General, Development Research Foundation, China


Coffee break (10:15 – 10:30)

Module 5 (10:30 – 12:15)

Assessing Human Progress

Moderator:  Khalid Malik, Director, Human Development Report Office

Keynote address: 

• Thakur Singh Powdyel, Minister for Education and personal representative of the Prime Minister, Bhutan, 
• Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD


• Fatma Şahin, Minister for Family and Social Policies, Turkey
• Charles Seaford, Head, Well-being Team, New Economics Centre, UK
• Wolfgang Lutz, Director, Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, IIASA, Austria


Lunch (12:15 – 14:30)

Üner Kirdar, Special Advisor

From Transition to Transformation: Inclusive and Sustainable Development
in Europe and Central Asia

Module 6 (14:30 – 15:45)
Building Coalitions for Change

Moderator: Marie-Pierre Poirier, Regional Director, Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS, UNICEF

Keynote address:

• Brian Atwood, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD
• Cristovam Buarque, Senator and former Minister of Education, Brazil


• Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, Minister of Planning, Kenya
• John Mroz, President, East-West Institute, US
• Fatima Ahmed, President, Zenab for Women in Development
• Roberto Bissio, Coordinator, International Secretariat of Social Watch


Closing Session (15:45 – 17:00)

Master of Ceremony:
Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator, UNDP

Introduction of “Istanbul Declaration on Equity and Sustainability”


Khalid Malik, Director, UNDP Human Development Report Office
Olav Kjørven, Director, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy
Cristovam Buarque, Senator and former Minister of Education, Brazil
Kemal Madenoğlu, Undersecretary, Ministry of Development, Turkey

Adoption of “Istanbul Declaration on Equity and Sustainability”

A new in-service training programme will help strengthen the human resource capacities of local authorities. 1,000 elected representatives and 250 appointed managers will participate in trainings.

For the ease of accession, the first round will be held in Antalya, between 17 January – 9 February 2011, and the second round in Ankara, between 14 March – 9 April 2011 within the scope of the Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project. .

A tailor-made training programme has been prepared for a group of participants from about 600 municipalities all over the country. The content of training materials was prepared after training needs assessment carried out in 11 pilot local authorities. A number of local and international experts will deliver 10 different training modules to the trainees – varying in target group and duration – covering the topics identified in the needs assessment report..

During the training, the participants will be focusing on; the responsibilities and authorities of elected representatives, the responsibilities and authorities of managers and unit heads, efficient working relations among local elected authorities, professional managers and unit heads, comprehensive policy development and accession mechanisms, improvement of vision in the city, gender sensitive planning in local service delivery, project cycle management and European Union funds, communities of practices, in-service training management, fiscal administration and budgeting, fiscal administration and preparing statistics..

Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior with the technical assistance of the United Nations Development Programme and funded by the European Union in the scope of the EU-Turkey Pre-Accession Financial Co-Operation Programme. .

The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of the Ministry of Interior (particularly General Directorate of Local Authorities, governorates and district governorates), unions of local authorities and local authorities themselves in the task of ensuring effective implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration..

For more information please contact

Ms. Elis Yildirim

Tel: +90 312 440 8464