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20 April 2009

20 April, New York: ECOSOC Panel Discussion on ’Civil Society Perspectives on the Financing for Development Agenda’

The Economic and Social Council held a panel discussion on "Civil Society Perspectives on the Financing for Development Agenda" in preparation for its Special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (New York, 27 April 2009) on Monday, 20 April 2009, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Economic and Social Council Chamber. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Council, H.E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas. Mr. Oscar de Rojas, Director, Financing for Development Office made welcoming remarks.

The first panel focused on "Addressing the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on development, including issues related to the international financial and monetary architecture and global governance structures." The panellists were Mr. Roberto Bissio, Director, Social Watch; Ms. Jo Marie Griesgraber, Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition and Ms. Marina Durano, Senior Policy Researcher, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era.

The second panel addressed the issue of "Strengthening of the intergovernmental inclusive process to carry out the financing for development follow-up." The panellists were Mr. John Foster, Principal Researcher, North-South Institute; Mr. Aldo Caliari, Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern and Mr. Barry Herman, Visiting Senior Fellow, New School University.

Ms. Elisa Peter, Acting Coordinator, UN-NGLS made concluding remarks.

For further information, please contact Mr. Zak Bleicher, UN-NGLS (tel. 1 (212) 963-3125; e-mail:; or Mr. Daniel Platz, Financing for Development Office (tel. 1 (212) 963-3664; e-mail:

Please find below statements from the panelists:

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Aldo Caliari
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Barry Herman
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Jo Marie Griesgraber
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John Foster
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Marina Durano
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Roberto Bissio
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Concluding Remarks by Elisa Peter, Acting Coordinator, NGLS
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