Poverty-Environment Partnership Events
14 September 2005 | New York, United States of America
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High-Level Policy Dialogue
The “Environment for the Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs) High-level Policy Dialogue took place in New York on Wednesday afternoon, 14 September 2005. The event took as its theme, “Investing in the Environment to Fight Poverty: The Economic Case and Priorities for Action and Implications for the 2005 World Summit and Beyond.” Several hundred participants attended the meeting in New York, including a number of senior politicians, government officials, and representatives of civil society and intergovernmental organizations. In addition, a large number of people from around the world observed the proceedings and were able to ask questions via a live weblink.
The Case for Investing in Environment to Reduce Poverty
From left to right: Moderator Mary Robinson, Chair of the Board, International Institute for Environment and Development, former President, Republic of Ireland, Ian Johnson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, Achim Steiner, Director General, IUCN, and Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
From left to right: Jane Weru, Slum and Shack Dwellers, Kenya and Connie Hedegaard, Minister for the Environment & Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Denmark
From left to right: Ian Johnson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, Achim Steiner, Director General, IUCN, and Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
From left to right: Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Moderator Mary Robinson, Chair of the Board, International Institute for Environment and Development, former President, Republic of Ireland, and Ian Johnson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
From left to right: Ian Johnson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank and Achim Steiner, Director General, IUCN
Participants during the event

Future Priorities: Building on What Works
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP
From left to right: Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzlerland, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Minister of Environment & Energy, Costa Rica, and Moderator Hilde Johnson, Minister of International Development, Norway
From left to right: Agnes van Ardenne-van der Hoeven, Minister for Development Cooperation, The Netherlands and Benson Venegas Robinson, Executive Director, Asociación ANAI / Talamanca, Equator Initiative Board of Directors, Costa Rica
From left to right: Moderator Hilde Johnson, Minister of International Development, Norway, Kumi Naidoo, Chair, Global Call for Action Against Poverty (GCAP); Secretary General & CEO, CIVICUS, South Africa, and Claude Martin, Director-General, WWF - International

Implications for the 2005 World Summit and Beyond
From left to right: Edgar M. Majogo, Minister of State, Vice President’s Office, United Republic of Tanzania and Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of Environment, Indonesia
Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom and Olav Kjørven, UNDP
Charles McNeill, Environment Programme Team Manager and Senior Biodiversity Advisor, UNDP, was master of ceremonies for the Policy Dialogue
Participants during the event

Evening Event - Heads of State Dinner
The High-Level Policy Dialogue on Wednesday afternoon, 14 September 2005, was followed in the evening by a dinner for Heads of State held at the Boathouse in Central Park. The dinner, which was attended by leading figures from the political, business, academic and entertainment communities, also included various announcements on initiatives focusing on environment and poverty.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (center) shakes hands with UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis (left), while UNEP Executive Secretary Klaus Töpfer (right) looks on

[photographs from the dinner courtesy UNDP].

Kofi Annan with his wife Nane
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the World Health Organization and ex-Prime Minister of Norway
Kemal Dervis and Klaus Töpfer speaking at PEP Dinner
Jeffrey Sachs speaking at the PEP dinner
Businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner (second from right) addresses the audience. Alongside him are Al Hajj Yahya Jammeh, President of the Gambia (second from left), Kemal Dervis (far left) and Klaus Töpfer (far right)
Livingstone Maluleke, Executive member of the Makuleke Communal Property Association in South Africa, making an announcement at the PEP dinner
Steve McCormick, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy addresses the audience
Entertainer Wyclef Jean performing at the PEP dinner
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