Contributions to Development

UNU Panel at the Global Development Network (GDN) Annual Meeting 2000 in Tokyo

In order to start the debate on the main theme of Global Development Network (GDN) Annual Meeting 2000, namely Beyond Economics: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development, a panel of four leading thinkers from different disciplines will talk about the contribution of their discipline to development. The presentations and discussions will cover:

  • Some of the key advances each discipline has made to development understanding, policy and practice.
  • The most pressing gaps in our understanding of development and areas where innovative thinking is required in the future.
  • How (in terms of opportunities, limitations and best practice) disciplines can cooperate to provide solutions to development challenges.
Chair: Hans van Ginkel Rector, United Nations University
Nick Stern Chief Economist, The World Bank
Ashutosh Varshney University of Notre Dame, USA
Louk de la Rive Box Prins Claus Fund for Culture and Development, The Netherlands
Lydia Makhubu Vice Chancellor, University of Swaziland

GDN is an emerging association of research institutes and think tanks whose goal is to generate and share knowledge related to development. The UNU contributed to the 1st Annual Meeting in Bonn in December 1999 and also to the 2nd Annual Meeting in Tokyo in December 2000. This year's meeting is titled "Beyond Economics: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development" and speakers include Amartya Sen and Douglass North. The latest agenda can be found at:


For further information please contact:

Julius Court, Programme Officer,
Office of the Rector, United Nations University,
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8925, Japan

Tel: +(81-3) 3499-2811 | Fax: +(81-3) 3499-2828 | Email:


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