A panel of global development experts will deliver a Signature Lecture at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on the future of international development and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The address, “Squaring the Circle: The Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015,” will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013. A live-webcast will be available.

The panel will feature:

  • Barry Carin, CIGI Senior Fellow
  • Mukesh Kapila, Professor Of Global Health And Humanitarian Affairs, University Of Manchester
  • Diana Alarcón, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy & Analysis Division, UN Department For Economic & Social Affairs

The topic of this Global Policy Forum event comes at an important time, as the MDGs are quickly approaching their target date of 2015. The series of eight existing UN goals set milestones in areas such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, improving maternal health, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Carin is the co-author of a recent CIGI Paper, entitled The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015: Squaring the Circle, in which he argues that the development agenda should be reframed around “one-world” goals. The paper, which also includes 10 new comprehensive development goals, is the culmination of a two-year project that involved worldwide consultations and involvement from development experts, including Kapila and Alarcón.

CIGI invites media to cover this free public event. Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected].  Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting: http://www.cigionline.org/events/squaring-circle-millennium-development-goals-post-2015-0. Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration.

Event: CIGI Signature Lecture: Squaring the Circle: The Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: CIGI Campus

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Barry Carin has served in a number of senior official positions in the Government of Canada and played an instrumental role in developing the initial arguments for the G20 and a leader’s level G20. A senior fellow at CIGI, Barry brings institutional knowledge and experience to his research on the G20, international development, energy and climate change. He leads CIGI’s Global Development project Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm.

Mukesh Kapila, CBE, is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity, and Chair of Minority Rights Group International. He has extensive experience in policy and practice of international development, humanitarian affairs, human rights and diplomacy, with expertise in tackling crimes against humanity, disaster and conflict management, and global public health.

Diana Alarcón is Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Department for Economic & Social Affairs in the unit that prepares the World Economic and Social Survey. Until August 2010 she was Cluster Leader for Inclusive Development at the Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme and for 7 years she was Senior Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. She has conducted research and contributed to the development of programs for employment creation, poverty reduction and social protection.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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