Amartya Sen converses with Achim Steiner in the first UNDP Future of Development talk

Friday, 13 November, 2020

UNDP invites you to the first Future of Development public conversation between Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, and Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. Amartya Sen introduced the concept of the development of freedom.

He was also, along with Mahbub Ul Haq, one of the fathers of the Human Development Report, so his participation in this inaugural event is particularly symbolic as we mark the 30th Anniversary of UNDP’s flagship publication.

As the global community faces complex development challenges, UNDP welcomes you to join this conversation where we bridge the past, the here and now, and the future of development that we want to shape.

While the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic’s public health and socioeconomic impacts is yet to be fully grasped, many of the social, economic, and political insecurities have been exposed to the spread of the coronavirus. Furthermore, the rapid and universal spread of the virus is not only dialing back the development progress to date but also questioning globalization and multilateral engagements more broadly.

The dialogues present an opportunity to reflect on the international community’s collective role in advancing global agendas for sustainable development through frank and critical conversations.

This first Future of Development public conversation​ was held on 14 November 2020.