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04/10/2015 A View from Within: Panel Discussion with Development Assistance Practitioners

View from Within: Panel Discussion with Development Assistance Practitioners
Sponsored by the NYU Wagner Office of International Programs

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: New York University, Meyer Hall
                Four Washington Place, Room 102

Dave Algoso is an international development practitioner, facilitator, and writer based in New York City. His professional background and experience spans strategy consulting, community organizing, political campaigns, and research. Currently, he is the Managing Director at Reboot, a social impact firm that puts the principles and theories of better development into practice (http://reboot.org). Dave is a graduate of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the University of Virginia.
 
Peter Vaz is a senior governance and public finance specialist at RTI International (http://www.rti.org/page.cfm/International_Development). He has more than 20 years of international development and program management experience, of which more than 12 were spent in South Africa. He is currently a director for Urban Management and Markets in the Governance and Economic Development Division. He is the Technical Manager for USAID's Sustainable Urban Management (SUM) II Program, the Indonesia Kinerja Program and the El Salvador Municipal Competitiveness Program. Peter received his Ph.D. in International Economic Development from MIT. 
 
Victor Vergara is Lead Urban Specialist at the World Bank, where he has worked since 1991 (http://www.worldbank.org). He led urban programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and Peru before moving to World Bank Institute to manage the Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa, lead innovative capacity building using video, community radio and on-line initiatives, and promote municipal planning institutes, participatory budgeting and sustainable land use planning. In 2009 Victor moved to the East Asia & Pacific region as urban practice leader, facilitating communities of practice on waterfront renewal, land use, housing, cultural heritage, solid waste management and slum upgrading. Victor received his Master in City Planning from MIT.
 
Gabrielle Watson is an independent consultant for strategic planning and evaluation, recently stepping down as Evaluation and Strategic Learning Manager at Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org). Over her more than twenty year career in poverty program evaluation, strategic planning and organizational development, she has worked with human rights and indigenous groups, global advocacy networks, CARE, state government in Massachusetts and the World Bank.  Gabrielle works at the intersection between development and human rights and is informed by a deep commitment to communities’ right to participate in the decisions that affect them. She has lived or worked in Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Senegal.  Gabrielle is a graduate of MIT and UC Santa Cruz.
 

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04/10/2015 #LeadershipFail: Learning from Risk-taking and Failure in the Workplace

#LeadershipFail: Learning from Risk-taking and Failure in the Workplace
Presented by Wagner Management and Leadership Organization (WMLO)

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm 
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
              The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Explore taking risks in leadership, learning from failure, and making room for failure in order to promote innovation in the public and nonprofit sectors. Speakers and panelists will discuss this subject from a variety of perspectives. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and sharing of new methods to address challenges that public service managers face.

Speakers:
Thomas D'Aunno, Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Global Institute for Public Health and NYU Wagner Professor
Eric Hutchinson, Well known recording artist, songwriter, and talent manager
Joshua Spodek, Forbes 500 management consultant and NYU Stern Professor

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04/10/2015 Democratic Engagement in the 21st Century: Scotland's Constitutional Journey

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner and the University of Edinburgh
  Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rm. 914

                60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor

The Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014 was a fascinating and inspiring example of democratic engagement, with over 3.6 million people—or nearly 85% of those eligible—turning out to vote. NYU Wagner, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, is pleased to host The Right Honourable Tricia Marwick, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, for a lunchtime discussion about the Referendum, and its larger implications for the democratic process and public policy. 
 
Ms. Marwick will be joined in conversation by Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh, and Michael Laver, Dean for Social Sciences at NYU's Faculty of Arts and Science. NYU Wagner Vice Dean Tony Bertelli will moderate. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you do not have an NYU ID card that permits access to the Kimmel Center, please see the Public Safety officer on the ground floor for access to the building.

 

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04/09/2015 The Canadian Health Care System: Myths and Realities

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: NYU Waverly Building
              28 Waverly Place, Room 566A

Professor Marmor has studied the Canadian health system for over 40 years. He will compare the Canadian system to our own in the U.S. and speak to the ways in which health care systems are mischaracterized by different political actors to serve their purposes.

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04/07/2015 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum - Affordable Housing, Livable Neighborhoods: Progress and Challenges in Implementing Housing New York

Affordable Housing, Livable Neighborhoods: Progress and Challenges in Implementing Housing New York
Presented by NYU Wagner
 
featuring
 
Vicki Been, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
 
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Reception | 6:00pm - 7:30pm Program
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
 
Join us for an engrossing conversation with one of the nation’s leading experts on property law, land use, and affordable housing—Vicki Been, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.Ingrid Gould Ellen, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner and Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, will engage Ms. Been in a conversation about the progress and challenges of implementing the most ambitious affordable housing plan in the nation.
 
Vicki Been is responsible for leading the nation’s largest municipal housing agency and is charged with creating and implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, a bold initiative to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes and apartments over 10 years. Prior to her appointment as HPD Commissioner, Ms. Been was Co-Director for NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a nationally renowned academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate, and housing development. She also served as the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

This event is part of NYU Wagner's Distinguished Lecture Series.

 

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04/03/2015 IPSA 4th Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show

Sponsored by the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor,
              NYC The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Association (IPSA) for our 4th Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show. This event is a celebration of designers and manufacturers of products upholding practices of fair trade and fair labor standards, in a system of exchange that ensures livable wages to the workers, safe working conditions, and promotes environmentally sound practices. The show will feature an array of clothing designers displaying the latest industry trends, and vendors will be set up in Puck to answer questions about and sell their products. Doors open at 5pm and the runway show will begin promptly at 5:30pm, followed by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and wine.

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04/01/2015 Sequencing the Detroit Property Genome: How x-ray vision for property data can help transform a city

Jointly presented by Wagner + and NYU Stern’s Government & Business Association

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: NYU Stern School of Business
             Kaufman Management Center (KMC) Room 4-80

How can good information on properties help decision-making in urban planning? What investment opportunities can an entire city’s parcel data provide for the private sector? How does a startup go from Kickstarter funding to $2.5 million in revenue in 24 months?

Join us for a talk with Alex Alsup, Chief Product Officer of the Detroit startup Loveland Technologies. He will demo Motor City Mapping, the technology they developed to collect and display property data, and explain how it was used in Detroit to map abandoned buildings.

Light Refreshments will be served!

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03/31/2015 All Things Being Equal: Reflections of a Social Justice Leader

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner and NYU’s Leadership Initiative

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Reception | 6:00pm - 7:30pm Program
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us for a fascinating discussion with one of America’s most influential public service leaders, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. Melody Barnes, NYU’s Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner, will engage him in discussion about his journey in leadership - from his birth in a charity hospital in Louisiana to becoming President of the second largest philanthropy in the United States.

Darren has been connected to the Ford Foundation nearly all his life. Ford-sponsored programs made his education possible, from the inaugural class of Head Start in 1965 to Pell Grants that helped him earn undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Texas. After a decade on Wall Street, he went to Harlem to serve as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a Ford grantee. Following eight years in urban development, he was recruited to the Rockefeller Foundation, where he rose to vice president for U.S. and international programs. He joined the Ford Foundation as vice president in 2010, and was named president in 2013. Today he guides a global social justice institution with $12 billion in assets and $500 million in annual grants. He serves on numerous boards and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This event is part of NYU Wagner's Distinquished Lecture Series and the NYU Leadership Initative's Leadership Conversation Series.
 
 

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03/25/2015 WHN Student Chat Series: Medicaid Reform with Deborah Bachrach

Sponsored by Wagner Health Network (WHN)

Date: Wednesday, march 25, 2015
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
               Rice-Newman Conference Room

Please join us as HPAM Program Director John Billings hosts a conversation with Deborah Bachrach, Partner at Manatt Health Solutions, with extensive experience in health reform and Medicaid policy. As a former New York State Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner of Health and in her current role as a consultant for many states considering alternative Medicaid expansions, Deborah Bachrach offers an unparalleled perspective on the ways that states can innovate in their public and private health insurance systems. She will discuss her experience and the latest developments in Medicaid and health reform in general.

 

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03/13/2015 EMPA Program Virtual Information Session

Sponsored by the Office of Admissions

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: via Webinar

Join us for an online information session to learn more about NYU Wagner's EMPA program. We will provide an overview of the program, enrollment options - including a Saturday-only format, admissions process and student outcomes. There will be a short presentation and plenty of time for questions.

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03/11/2015 UPSA Speaker Series


Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) 

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
               Mulberry Conference Room 


Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) will hold a Speaker Series where invited guest speakers will host a panel providing insight to their experiences of development, speak to some of the issues surrounding planning and facilitate a conversation amongst the audience. Finally guest speakers will discuss their work experiences and shed light on opportunities for first year students.
This event seeks to be a continuation of speaker series events held by UPSA this semester where invited guest speakers will focus on different career tracks and planning issues.

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03/10/2015 Infectious Disease and Tourism: Decoding the Myths of Air Travel

Co-sponsored by the Wagner Student Association for Africa, Young Professionals Healthcare Network

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Please join NYU Wagner's Student Association for Africa and the Young Professionals Healthcare Network as they bring thought leaders together for an evening of discussion surrounding the myths of infectious disease and air travel. Cocktails and refreshments will be served.
 

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03/10/2015 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Spring 2015 - *Special Event: Building a Bangsamoro? Conflict, Autonomy, and Democracy in the Southern Philippines*

*Special Event: Building a Bangsamoro? Conflict, Autonomy, and Democracy in the Southern Philippines*
With John Gershman, a Clinical Professor of Public Service and the Deputy Director of NYU's MPH Program.

The southern Philippines has been the site of one of the longest running insurgencies in Southeast Asia, dating back to the late 1960s. After 17 years of negotiations, the Philippine government and representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a comprehensive agreement last year to establish a Bangsamoro (Moro homeland) in the southern Philippines covering 4 million people. The law authorizing the creation of the region is currently in the Congress and founding elections are scheduled for 2016. A recent clash between the MILF and the Philippine police left 60 dead and placed the future of the Bangsamoro in doubt.

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03/10/2015 Conflict Security and Development Series - Spring 2015 - Building a Bangsamoro? Conflict, Autonomy, and Democracy in the Southern Philippines

Building a Bangsamoro? Conflict, Autonomy, and Democracy in the Southern Philippines
With John Gershman,  a Clinical Professor of Public Service and the Deputy Director of NYU's MPH Program.

The southern Philippines has been the site of one of the longest running insurgencies in Southeast Asia, dating back to the late 1960s. After 17 years of negotiations, the Philippine government and representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a comprehensive agreement last year to establish a Bangsamoro (Moro homeland) in the southern Philippines covering 4 million people. The law authorizing the creation of the region is currently in the Congress and founding elections are scheduled for 2016. A recent clash between the MILF and the Philippine police left 60 dead and placed the future of the Bangsamoro in doubt.
 

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03/09/2015 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Spring 2015 - Human Rights Under Indonesia’s New President Jokowi: The Death Penalty and the Isolation of Papua

Human Rights Under Indonesia’s New President Jokowi: The Death Penalty and the Isolation of Papua

Andreas Harsono has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch since 2008. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he helped found the Jakarta-based Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information in 1995, and in 2003 he helped create the Pantau Foundation, a journalist training organization also based in Jakarta.
 

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03/06/2015 WEPSA Ideas Exchange

Sponsored by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Puck Fair, 298 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Please join us for the first edition of WEPSA's Idea Exchange! We are hoping to meet at least twice this semester to discuss important topics in education. We will start with our first meeting to discuss Discipline in Schools. We have compiled the 3 (short) articles/podcasts as the basis for our conversation, but it is not required that you read/listen before attending. Anyone interested in issues of education is strongly encouraged to attend!

1. American Life Podcast

2. NY Times Article

3. NYC DOE Press Release Announcing School Climate Reforms

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03/03/2015 Conflict Security and Development Series - Spring 2015 - Who Protects Education? A Case Study of the Global Movement to Protect Education and the Protection of Education in Palestine

Who Protects Education? A Case Study of the Global Movement to Protect Education and the Protection of Education in Palestine
With Amy Kapit, Research Director, Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects in Community-Based Education, Afghanistan

In 2010, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack was established to advocate for protecting schools, students, and teachers in areas of armed conflict. However, the structure of the international humanitarian system has limited the “on-the-ground impact” of the movement in its initial years of existence. The individuals who are most effective in making these connections are those who have strong knowledge of international frameworks and of the specific context in which they work. I draw on fieldwork in Palestine to describe how the structure of the humanitarian system bifurcates these two sets of knowledge, disadvantaging those individuals who have both sets of knowledge.
 

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02/25/2015 UPSA Speaker Series: In The Field


Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) 

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
               Mulberry Conference Room 


Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) will hold a Speaker Series where invited guest speakers will host a panel providing insight to their experiences of development, speak to some of the issues surrounding planning and facilitate a conversation amongst the audience. Finally guest speakers will discuss their work experiences and shed light on opportunities for first year students.
This event seeks to be a continuation of speaker series events held by UPSA this semester where invited guest speakers will focus on different career tracks and planning issues.

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02/24/2015 Conflict Security and Development Series - Spring 2015 - Voting for Violence: Why Paramilitaries Fare Well at the Polls

Voting for Violence: Why Paramilitaries Fare Well at the Polls
With Mary Beth Altier, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Global Affairs

What explains the willingness of citizens to support armed groups at the polls? Paramilitary organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas have fared well in a series of recent elections deemed relatively free and fair by the international community. Few studies examine why these violent parties triumph at the polls in some contexts but struggle for votes in others. Yet, understanding when and why armed groups succeed in winning over large portions of the electorate is critical to creating policies that de-incentivize, at least electorally, their use of force. A better understanding of why these parties succeed also lends insight into the social bases of support for these organizations. Analysis of a new sub-national dataset that codes and combines census, election, and disaggregated conflict-related violence data for 78 electoral districts during Northern Ireland’s Troubles as well as fieldwork and comparative case studies across countries, suggests that support for these groups stems primarily from citizens’ perceptions of insecurity as a result of exposure to certain types of conflict-related violence. Discuss the implications of these findings for counterinsurgency policy and post-conflict reconstruction.
 

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02/20/2015 A Century of Black Life

Sponsored by the Black Students Association

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Location: NYU Wagner, The Puck Building, 2nd Fl.
              The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us as we pay tribute, through a series of speaker led discussions, cultural activities and artistic expressions, to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society, with specific celebration of the African Americans that dedicated their profession and life to public service.

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02/20/2015 UPSA Speaker Series: In The Field

Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
               Mulberry Conference Room 

Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) will hold a Speaker Series where invited guest speakers will host a panel providing insight to their experiences of development, speak to some of the issues surrounding planning and facilitate a conversation amongst the audience. Finally guest speakers will discuss their work experiences and shed light on opportunities for first year students.
This event seeks to be a continuation of speaker series events held by UPSA this semester where invited guest speakers will focus on different career tracks and planning issues.
 

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02/17/2015 Two Artists, Two Visions: A Black History Month Exhibit

Presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Discussion)
          7:30pm - 9:00pm (Gallery Reception)
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue/ Newman Reception Area

New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is pleased to announce the opening of Two Artists, Two Visions, the Spring 2015 exhibition and artist discussion at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Staged in commemoration of Black History Month, Two Artists, Two Visions features artwork by NYU-affiliated artists Jacqueline Bishop and Alex Merchant.

Jamaican-born Bishop explores issues of home, ancestry, family, migration, and connectivity through a series of photomontage prints that often split characters between the realms of heavenly and earthly space. The overall effect is spectral, haunting, and deeply nostalgic.  

While Bishop pays tribute to her heritage by reflecting on her family history and migratory journey, Merchant delves into his explorations of identity by recasting the role of the Black male athlete within the contemporary context of corporate America. His typographical prints and trading card-inspired paintings of professional basketball players examine the commercialization of athletes and the impact of the sport on young men in African American communities. The commanding, live-size canvases seek to confront stereotypes and the prevailing conundrum of simultaneously idolizing and fearing the dark body.
 

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02/17/2015 Conflict Security and Development Series - Spring 2015 - Accountability for Somalia’s Security Service: A Case Study in US Federal Court

Accountability for Somalia’s Security Service: A Case Study in US Federal Court
With Christina Hioureas, Senior Associate, International Arbitration and Public International Law at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP.

Ahmed v. Magan, the first decision to hold a member of Somalia’s notorious National Security Service accountable for human rights violations, illustrates the challenges and possibilities for pursuing accountability in post conflict societies. Christina Hioureas represented Hassan Ahmed, a Somali constitutional law professor and human rights advocate who was tortured during the Siade Barre regime, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act. Using this case as a point of entry, Hioureas will discuss developments in Somalia in the last 40 years, beginning with the collapse of democracy, rise of the Siade Barre regime and the restrictions on human rights and constitutional rights, the end of the dictatorship, efforts to seek justice, and current efforts to build the country’s legal system from the ground up.

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02/10/2015 Conflict Security and Development Series - Spring 2015 - Between Annihilation and Restraint: Law and Technology in American Warfare

Between Annihilation and Restraint: Law and Technology in American Warfare
With Professor Michael John Williams, Program in International Relations at NYU, and Professor Stephanie Carvin, University of Ottawa
 

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02/06/2015 The Post-2015 Development Era -- An Outlook on the New Development Agenda and the Challenges Ahead

The Post-2015 Development Era -- An Outlook on the New Development Agenda and the Challenges Ahead
Sponsored by the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

Date: Friday, February 06, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

As the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals expire, 2015 marks a new era in development. The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for which negotiations are currently underway, will be adopted by governments across the globe starting in September. This new agenda will shape how we form policy, both domestically and globally, for years to come.

This event will provide an outlook on the current developments and challenges that different stakeholders face. It brings together experts from a variety of fields, and topics of discussion include implementation challenges, means of financing, monitoring and accountability. Confirmed panelists are Vinicius Pinheiro, Deputy Director at the International Labor Organization, Jessica Epsey, Program Leader at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Sara Luna, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations. Professor John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, will moderate the panel discussion.

The panel is followed by a networking reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres. 

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