Millennials Hall of Fame : fazle abed :: Fei-Fei Li :: sustainability's last race: 2020s mapping & zooming coalition of free SDG uni's- one per 20 million youth Thanks to the moon race decade of 1960s, we all became alumnisat (connected by telecoms satellites) including more recent web 1-2-3. Q why not COLLAB round one GOUP - Global Open University Poverty (last mile service solutions community to community)HG Wells - civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe:
coming how do the 51 years of alumni of fazle abed poverty alleviator cooperations match up with 76 years of the united nations - we map abed top36 hunicorn networks - being networks whose purpose is so life critical nobody wants to exit investment or politically quarrel over just replicating their services and improving access to their action learning

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Glasgow ecop26 LAUNCH NEW ECONOMICS JOURNAL - thank you Adam Smith and Asian Women Empowerment friends of transformative education 1 2 3


High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs

Breakdown or breakthrough - top global thinkers weigh in on the UN plan to reboot multilateralism

In September 2021, top economists, global thought leaders and former Heads of State and Government came together for the second meeting of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs to discuss solutions to rampant inequalities, runaway climate change and other pressing challenges facing the world.

The Board examined topics such as financing for development, economic insecurity, a just transition to a carbon-neutral future and resilience-building for future crises, and zeroed in on the latest report of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, “Our Common Agenda.” Released on 10 September 2021, the report lays out the UN vision for the future of global cooperation across 12 areas that will make a tangible difference for people and planet.

 Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin and members of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs participate in the Board meeting in September 2021.

About the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs was established  in the context of United Nations development system reform, as a key part of efforts to enhance support to Member States of the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Board, convened by Liu Zhenmin, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, has provided advice to the United Nations on broad economic and social issues, including near-term prospects and risks for the world economy, frontier technologies, inequality, migration, issues associated with countries in special situations.

In addition, the HLAB has provided guidance to the research and policy analysis work of UN DESA, and Board members have played an active role in strengthening the linkage between UN DESA and the global economic and social policy research community, and have promoted UN DESA publications and reports at national and global levels. The HLAB members also participate in the Department's Global Policy Dialogue Series, sharing their expertise with a wide online audience.

Since it was launched in 2018, the HLAB deliberations on many contemporary and cross-cutting issues and challenges have expanded our understanding of complex economic and social issues and inspired the United Nations to break new ground in policy research. In July 2020, the first HLAB produced the compilation "Recover Better"  with early reflections on leveraging the recovery from COVID-19 into a transformative period for attaining sustainable development.

The Board entered its second term in January 2021 with 20 globally renowned experts in the economic and social policy fields, including former Heads of State, a Nobel Laureate, former Senior Government Officials and intellectual leaders.


The second term (2021-2023)

Building on the accomplishments of the first HLAB, the second term of the Board (HLAB-II) will continue to strengthen, for the next two years, the United Nations thought leadership on sustainable development and to reinforce its impact at the forefront of sustainable development policy at global, regional and local levels.

Following the Secretary-General’s invitation to reinvigorate multilateralism, HLAB-II aims to provide focused guidance and recommendations to respond to current and future challenges in the post-COVID-19 world, including in the areas of leaving no one behind, building trust by addressing inequalities, improve digital cooperation, ensuring sustainable financing and boosting partnerships.

Board members 

The following experts have been appointed to the UN High-level Advisory Board (HLAB-II) on Economic and Social Affairs (2021-2023):

  •     Giancarlo Corsetti, Professor of Macroeconomics, University of Cambridge
  •     Diane Coyle, Inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  •     Ibrahim Elbadawi, Managing Director, Economic Research Forum for the Arab World, Iran & Turkey
  •     Alex Ezeh, Dornsife Professor of Global Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  •     Marcel Fratzscher, President of DIW Berlin
  •     Anastasia J. Gage, Professor at the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
  •     Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  •     Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
  •     Ricardo Lagos, Honorary Chairman of the Inter-American Dialogue; former President of Chile (2000-2006)
  •     Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL)
  •     José Antonio Ocampo, Professor, Columbia University, and Chair of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  •     Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
  •     Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University
  •     Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs
  •     Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University
  •     Heizo Takenaka, Professor Emeritus, Keio University, and Professor, Toyo University
  •     Izabella Mônica Vieira Teixeira, former Minister of Environment (2010-2016), Brazil
  •     Kori Udovički, Head of the Center for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES)
  •     Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; former President of Mexico (1994-2000)
  •     Min Zhu, Chairman, National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University
  •     Elliott Harris, UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development and UN Chief Economist (ex officio member)

Click here for short bios of the Board Members of the HLAB-II.




"Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities"

Members of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB) offer fresh new ideas that can prevent new pandemics while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a volume of policy briefs, “Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities,” issued by UN DESA in July 2020.

The collection of seven expert-written essays from HLAB members offers new guidance for rebuilding societies in a fairer, more inclusive way. The volume provides outside-the-box thinking and new solutions to some of this era’s most pressing tests. The authors advance ideas on issues that include improving international tax cooperation, more equitable access to digital technological advances, and sustainable natural resource management that complement the broader recommendations of the Secretary-General regarding shared responsibility and global solidarity in responding to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

The observations and recommendations outlined in “Recover Better,” some of which offer region-specific suggestions, can inform COVID-19 responses so that countries build back better and avoid returning to a pre-pandemic pathway, where progress towards important objectives such as ending extreme poverty and limiting global temperature rise was not rapid enough.



"Recover Better" launch event

22 July 2020: Launch of the HLAB's new volume, "Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities"

On 22 July 2020, UN DESA and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB) launched the Board's new volume, "Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities." This online dialogue aimed to answer questions including, "Are we in a recession?" What should countries do to recover better? Is a green recovery possible?

The event was broadcast live, and recordings can be accessed via, and on Facebook at

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

undesa dialogues

Financing Global Climate Action and Promoting Digital Solutions

This session brought together leading voices in the fields of climate finance and digital governance. Finance experts, policymakers, and climate and sustainable development practitioners discussed the best approaches for ensuring that climate financing measures are included in rebuilding efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that such efforts are inclusive and help the most vulnerable. Additionally, attention was paid to emerging digital solutions, including ideas related to the Internet of Things, for climate adaptation and mitigation, and ways to scale them up.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Strengthening Sustainable Forest and Ocean Management to Mitigate Climate Change

This session, the third in a four-part series on “Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19,” focused on forests and the ocean and their roles in mitigating climate change. Leading voices in the fields of forest and ocean ecosystem restoration and management discussed practical solutions and ways to reform these systems to improve people's lives and protect these resources.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Imagining the Carbon-neutral Future: Transformations in Energy and Transport

This session, the second in a four-part series on “Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19,” brought together leading voices in the fields of clean energy and sustainable transport with experts from the UN system to discuss practical solutions and ways to reform these systems minimizing their effect on the environment.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Building Food and Water Security in an Era of Climate Shocks

This Global Policy Dialogue is the first in a four-part series, "Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19." The session, organized by UN DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), looked at how climate change is affecting people’s access to safe and nutritious food and water.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Shaping a New Social Contract: Session 2

In this session, UN DESA’s experts on economic, social and environmental issues took questions from the audience on the topic of “Using Data for the Climate and SDGs” and touched on macroeconomic issues.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Shaping a New Social Contract: Session 1

In this session, UN DESA’s experts on economic, social and environmental issues took questions from the audience on the topic of “Ensuring equality, inclusive growth and access to opportunities.”

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Advancing equitable livelihoods in food systems 

To support the UN system’s efforts towards eliminating hunger, UN DESA held a Global Policy Dialogue on food security in the context of demographic change and rural development. The event also served as a UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue aligned with Action Track 4, giving participants an opportunity to inform the process of the 2021 Summit. Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page

Gender Equality: a Data and Policy Dialogue 

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration to advance women's rights, new data from the United Nations Secretary-General’s report The World’s Women 2020: Trends and Statistics show that hard-earned gains in gender equality are being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. UN DESA convened policymakers and data experts to discuss how much the world has risen to fulfill the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action and address policy actions needed to build a New Social Contract and improve equality for all. 

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page 

Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge 

On 29 October 2020, UN DESA held a conversation with global leaders in science and technology that assessed the science-based policies and innovations that have developed during the pandemic, identifying good practices as well as areas where work is still needed. The event featured a broad panel discussion with experts, followed by regional breakout sessions led by UN DESA (English) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Arabic). 

Watch the event on UN DESA's Facebook page. 

Navigating Uncertainties: An Intergenerational dialogue on COVID-19 and youth employment 

This online forum offered young people an opportunity to discuss the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic during this period of their lives when many things are in flux. The event sought to answer, “How is the pandemic affecting today’s youth employment?” and “How can young people pursue self-employment and entrepreneurship amid turbulent economies?” 

Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities 

On 22 July 2020, UN DESA and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB) launched the Board's new volume, "Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities." This online dialogue aimed to answer questions including, "Are we in a recession?" What should countries do to recover better? Is a green recovery possible? 

Monday, September 13, 2021

happy sustainable un to all

  may your 76th UN bring you sustainability twisties of a good sort as well as memories of youths right stuff from tokyo - where the east and west's most valuable heroines of 21st c - osaka & biles - asked every spectator to prevent a decade of bubbled up sports by uniting to end covid- so far only one national leader Suga passes the grade- will any more at 76 ?

of course being a televisual national leader is the worst possible starting position to serving solutions on ground where everyone is falling apart

so as a counter- movement here is women empowerments Download 2-page guide . are sustainability's 30 most collaborative networks i can find - where up to a billion poorest mothers have innovated sustainable solutions while most of the rest of the world now faces last chance to address these questions - if lives matter is something you want to action network have a quick look at this tour guide

  • for the class of 21-22 hopes to list sdg events that respond to the hi-tech puzzle- why did we all cheer as von neumann's tech in 1960s raced to the moon within first 100 times more coding tools but even as moores law has multiplied up to a billion times 
  • places have rarely designed to race to last mile health, nutrition and no bad schools nor unsafe communities; 
  • nor has tech been prioritised to end poor being trapped by big finance, to go green , to grow middle class sdg students and teachers picks 21-22 rsvp your votes

S2 world bank OL campus and korea infrastructure - youtube worldbankopencampus - related academy - secondary source worldbanklive

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S3 world bank live -  Harnessing Technology to Build Human Capital in South Asia, on September 16 2021 à 12:00 GMT / 08:00 ET. related

S4 UN Foundation/Brookings American Leadership in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sept 20 Please register using this link. For more information, please consult the event page

S5 International Chamber Commerce arbitation event This year, the ICC New York Conference will take place during Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) on 22 September for the first time as a hybrid event! Take a virtual trip between Paris and New York and join in the thought-provoking discussions about the latest North American arbitration trends! If you are interested in learning more about the Assessment of Damages by Arbitrators, join the ICC Institute Training on 20-21 September 2021.

s6 stanford AI100 sept 28 review of second 5 year report released sept 16 on AI century - see more at

d1 Delivering for Nutrition in South Asia Hosted by: A consortium of co-hosts from around South Asia Date: 01 December 2021 to 02 December 2021 - 60 years ago icddrb started to empower billion asian women to raise life expectancy by 25 years - a miracle of economics and human advancement

  • COVID-19 has disrupted health systems, nutrition services, and food systems around the world, including South Asia. Research-based evidence and programmatic experiences are essential to support stakeholders to restore services and re-orient programs and policies to support better nutrition outcomes. ‘Delivering for Nutrition (D4N) in South Asia: Implementation Research in the Context of COVID-19’ on December 1-2, 2021. D4N o prioritize and improve maternal and child nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.With this overarching purpose, the key objectives are to:- Share evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child nutrition - Highlight adaptations to support implementation of health and nutrition interventions and social safety net programs- Identify lessons learned from implementing programs to support maternal and child nutrition during the pandemic Downloads D4N2021_Concept-Note_Final.pdf

under construction -candidate 100 expected by end of 12 sept


whats the sustainable purpose younger half of world need from each of these markets or places or cultures? co-bloggers needed the economist's entrepreneurial revolution last 4 schools years from 1984's opportunities of uniting humans and machines -moral humans most exciting case of last 50 years billion poorest womens investments in kids


past events that moved my grey cells such as they are

S00 9/9 20 years of arguably the most costly lesson ever in blood and money- and its still ongoing with arguably opposite consequences in much of old world's tri-continent asia and europe and africa -and the new world -and worse yet stuff 7.5 billion beongs could unite round solving eg covid seem to be relegated in washington dc to appendices rather than defining to be or not to be

past events not as useful for worldwide as i had hoped

S0 the economics world according to brookings WASH DC sept 9 register panels A Employment Impact of a Green Fiscal Push; B economic gains from equity; C relief to us citizens during covid decade; D social cost of carbon; E losing the inflation factor; F if human last chance of sustainability matters what can 200 million americans (about 50 million white, 150million non-white ) under 30 and 500 million chinese under 30 collaborate on? - papers available at web- i dont think world of youth has much to learn from this day other than how muddled western (us blinkered) macroeconomists are in failing to look for fast changing wins-wins worldwide- and sector susainable purpose by sector - youth of sustainability need- however some interest terminology - patent boxes loced in ireland

however also edward glaeser's ability to compare world histories of places that win or lose is relevant as it shows china is just american politicians current excuse for places that lost touch with where the future was going often because national policy/infrastructure had penalised them most

Triumph of the City (@triumphofcity) | Twitter 10 year old book by Edward Glaeser, Harvard University, Edward Glaeser (@edglaeser) | Twitter

SUSTAINABILITY"S FUTURE HISTORY JUST GOT URGENTi have some experience in mediating this- in early 1980s when i was 30 i co-authored a book 025report

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what if tech and humans maximised sustainability all over the world by 2025- it didnt happen not because our timelines for what tech would be available were wrong but we had explicitly debated what could happen if peace was a sustainability goal - we were absolutely aware of what chaos would spin if peace not actioned as integral sdgs but we did not want to spend life working in that area