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Burma in Transition: Climate Wise Development and Sustainable Finance


Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602

Please RSVP to http://go.gwu.edu/burmatransition

The unprecedented political and economic changes underway in Burma present new opportunities to improve the livelihoods of the Burmese people - lifting them out of a half-century of isolation. Nonetheless, as Burma opens it will be faced with a host of new challenges. It is critical that all stakeholders be involved in developing policies that balance the exigencies of economic development and environmental sustainability within the context of climate change. The Symposium will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss the current situation on the ground and share their suggestions for the future of Burma.

AGENDA

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM || Registration, Coffee and Pastries

8:45 AM || Welcome and Introduction

Linda Yarr - Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM || Panel One - Burma in Transition - Implications for Human Security through Political and Economic Reform

Christina Fink - Associate Professor of Practice of International Development, George Washington University

Win Myo Thu - Director, ECODEV, Burma's Leading Environmental NGO

Maureen Aung-Thwin - Director, Southeast Asia Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Moderator: Suzanne Kelly-Lyall, Deputy Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

10:15 AM - 10:30AM || Coffee/Tea Break

10:30 AM-11:15 AM || Panel Two - Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, and Climate Justice

Jenny Springer - Senior Director, People and Conservation, WWF

Wynn Thane - Senior Regional Program Officer, PACT

Linda Yarr - Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Moderator: Suzanne Kelly-Lyall, Deputy Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

11:15 AM - Noon || Panel Three - Sustainable Finance and Development in Burma

Alessandro Pio - Resident Director General, North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank

Keiichiro Nakazawa - Chief Representative, JICA USA Office

Liane Schalatek - North American Office, Heinrich Boell Foundation

Moderator: James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University (TBC)

Noon - 1:00 PM || Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM || "60 Minutes to Save the World": An Interactive Working Group Session

In a timed session, three working-group teams will be presented with a development challenge to solve in scenario-based exercises using the information presented during the symposium panels.

 



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