ESF's Department of Environmental Studies presents a public talk:
Outcomes of Rio+20 and
The Future of Sustainable Development
Dr. David O’Connor
Division of Sustainable Development
12:00-1:30pm, Friday, March 29
Nifkin Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall
Dr. David O'Connor heads the Policy and Analysis Branch of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. His team provided the technical and analytical support for the negotiations before and during the Rio+20 Conference of June 2012, that resulted in the document entitled, The Future We Want. Dr. O'Connor has worked for almost a decade in his current capacity, before which he spent a decade and a half at OECD's Development Centre in Paris. He has been working on sustainable development issues since the first Rio Conference in 1992. He is the author of a book, Managing the Environment with Rapid Industrialization: Lessons from the East Asian Experience; and has published extensively on climate policy in developing countries, estimating the co-benefits of climate policies using economy-wide modeling, and the intersection among the climate change, forests and biodiversity agendas. His team at the UN soon will launch a new, flagship Global Sustainable Development Report to support the work of the newly established, High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Dr. O'Connor's team is also leading the technical work in support of an intergovernmental Open Working Group that is defining the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as post-2015 successor to the Millennium Development Goals.