Posted by: gppn | 21/10/2009

GPPN 2009 Conference


The world is facing a multitude of crises today. From the worst financial and economic crisis in recent decades to the climate change and global warming that endangers ecosystems, natural and human habitats, and probably the biggest challenge yet would be the population crisis. An estimate of 8 and 10 billion people by 2050 places further stress on energy resources, food and water supply, and raises questions about poverty, education, and health issues.

Can we turn this crisis into an opportunity for sustainability?

Developing long-term sustainable policies is a challenge. It is difficult to oversee the extent and the depth of each crisis in the political, environmental, economic, and social context.

The 4th GPPN Student Conference titled “Crisis as Opportunity – What Policies Do We Need for Sustainable Development Today?” from 11-13 November 2009 in Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore invites participants to have a closer look at today’s crises. It aims to understand the root causes for today’s challenges, what policies are needed both for short-term recovery and long-term sustainability, and the role of various stakeholders is in the process. Finally, the concept of sustainability itself will be challenged, debated and applied to cases and situations.


Over 100 students and academics of public policy from the Global Public Policy Network are expected to attend from

  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore),
  • London School of Economics (United Kingdom),
  • Columbia University (United States)
  • Sciences Po (France)

Partner universities such as University of Tokyo (Japan), Tsinghua University (China), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) are sending their delegates as well. A number of prominent public policy figures and leaders from Asia and the world will also be invited to address and debate the issues.

Expected Output:

  • Conference Report
  • Blog or Website
  • AJPA Special Edition on conference proceedings

Objectives and Impact:

  • Contribute toward global policy dialogue by creating a platform for students of public policy to exchange ideas and interact with current public policy makers and leaders.
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for networking and future collaborations between conference participants, in formal as well as informal alleys.
  • Increase the visibility of the GPPN network among relevant public policy stakeholders.
  • Become a concrete reference point for future GPPN Student Conferences.

There will be three plenary sessions on the following dimensions of sustainable development:

  • Good Governance as Institutional Sustainability: Understanding local, state and supranational policy arrangements and their challenges will be undertaken as follows:

Break-Out Session #1: Global Regimes and Institutional Arrangements
Break-Out Session #2: Corruption
Break-Out Session #3: Aid Governance

  • Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Exploring the possibilities of reconciling rapid economic growth and rising energy needs with the preservation of biodiversity and functioning ecosystems. Break-out sessions are:

Break-Out Session #4: Sustainable Economics and Energies
Break-Out Session #5: Biodiversity/Ecosystems
Break-Out Session #6: Agriculture

  • Sustainable Human and Social Development: Covering topics such as the Millenium Development Goals and the effective delivery of social services, such as water and sanitation, health, and education will be discussed as follows:

Break-Out Session #7: Millennium Development Goals
Break-Out Session #8: Sustainable Cities
Break-Out Session #9: Social Entrepreneurs

All policy recommendations will be presented in the final plenary session.


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