Washington DC, United States
11 February 2011
On its 20th anniversary, UNDP’s annual Human Development Report (HDR) finds that Asia has progressed fastest in terms of human well-being since 1970, with China, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, and Nepal surging ahead. But its new Gender Inequality Index shows South Asia in particular trailing behind on the critical measure of gender equality. An Asia-specific HDR also highlights women’s economic, legal, and political rights and how they impact human development in the region. HDR lead author Jeni Klugman, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia & the Pacific Ajay Chhibber, and World Bank Executive Director for Germany Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven will discuss how Asia is both leading and lagging in the work of building better lives for its people.
12:00 PM Welcome
Ariana Leon Rabindranath, Associate Director, Asia Society Washington
12:05 PM Introduction of Panelists
Fred Tipson, Director, UNDP Washington Office
12:10 PM Discussion
Jeni Klugman, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme
Ajay Chhibber, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator, Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme
Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Executive Director for Germany, World Bank
1:00 PM Q & A Session
Ajay Chhibber was named in April 2008 to the post of Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific. The Bureau is responsible for managing UNDP’s programs in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also ex officio Chair of the United Nations Development Group for Asia-Pacific, which coordinates the work of all UN agencies. Mr. Chhibber previously served at the World Bank for more than 25 years covering operations, research, and policy issues, and has worked across Asia and as Director in Turkey and Vietnam. He was the lead author of the seminal work on Governance at the World Bank and the 1997 World Development Report on the Role of the State. He has published widely including five books on economic development. He has a PhD from Stanford University and a MA from the Delhi School of Economics. He has also taught economics at Georgetown University and the University of Delhi.
Jeni Klugman currently serves as Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office. Ms. Klugman previously had a diverse career at the World Bank where she has worked from 1992 as an economist, focusing in particular on Africa, Europe, and Asia. She served there notably as Lead Economist for Ethiopia & Sudan and for the Poverty Group, where she was closely involved in the conceptualization and launch of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme approach. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. She holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics, as well as a graduate law degree, from Oxford University.
Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven was appointed Executive Director for Germany at the World Bank in 2010. She previously served as Director General in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), responsible for bilateral development policy and cooperation, United Nations development programmes, crisis prevention, peace-building, human rights, good governance, and bilateral cooperation with Asia and Latin America. She previously directed BMZ’s Environment Division.
This event is supported by LEO A DALY & the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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