Thursday, February 10, 2010, 1:15—2:45 p.m.
New York, UNHQ—Delegates Dining Room
We are threatened with a perfect storm of global crises, so intimately connected they cannot be resolved separately. The ecosystems on which we absolutely depend are being degraded at an alarming rate; humanity is grossly overusing the resources of the planet; rising stress on water and productive land, compounded by the effects of climate change, is reducing food security; levels of hunger, poverty and deprivation are again increasing; the global economic and financial systems have proved to be unstable and inequitable; the division between rich and poor is widening; millions cannot find employment; and, in this complex and dangerous situation, it is estimated that an additional 2.3 billion people will arrive on this planet by 2050. Humanity is in the midst of a systemic crisis. The underlying root causes are our current concepts of growth, development and globalization, which must be changed.On the occasion of the 2011 Commission on Social Development, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is sponsoring a high-level panel discussion on the challenges to multilateralism and the role of the UN in global governance.