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Subject: seminar on "Poverty and Sustainable Development"
From: Jacky Foo <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 2 Aug 1996 11:56:06 +0900

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TITLE: Poverty and Sustainable Development
PRESENTOR:        Prof. Jyoti K Parikh (Indira Gandhi Institute of
                  Development Research, Bombay, India.
DATE:           Aug 15th - Sept 15th, 1996
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ORGANIZED BY:   Institute of Advanced Studies,
United Nations University, Tokyo.
When 75 % of the world population (i.e. 4.5 billion) in developing
countries have to sustain themselves on the remaining 25 % of the world's
resources, severe environmental impacts will and has occurred. In
particular, the availability of food, fodder, fuel, fertilizer, fibre as
well as public services such as health and sanitation facilities will be
unavailable to particularly the poor. Taking an example of a low income
country like India, this paper first analyses environment linkages that
affect the poor and then discusses how to alleviate poverty. The first
discussion topic concerns deforestation due to fuelwood gathering and
logging by contractors. The second concerns hunger and nutrition and the
paper analyses policies of food supplies, better produce prices in
developing countries and the involvement of OECD countries to alleviate
poverty. The third aspect is the importance of education and by coupling
female literacy to population growth, it shows that India could have fewer
people, increased income and better nutrition. There is also a role for
developed world in this effort which will benefit them in the end.
This paper calls for mobilization of international efforts for alleviation
of poverty for a better and sustainable future for the global system.
Prof.Jyoti Parikh is a senior professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of
Development Research, Bombay, India. She completed her Ph.D. in Nuclear
Physics from University of Maryland, U.S.A. She has worked at the
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna) for nearly
eight years on energy and environment problems of developing countries. She
has has served as consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. Department of
Energy, European Economic Community (Brussels), and UN agencies such as
Prof. Parikh has conducted and guided projects and Ph.D. theses in the
areas of energy demand modeling, power system simulations, alternative
fuels (CNG, ethanol), biomass allocation in rural energy systems, impacts
of climate change, energy policy, demand side management in electricity
sector, natural resource accounting, sustainable development and
restructuring comsumption patterns, incremental cost and GEF, supporting
globally efficient projects by GEF, North-South issues in IPCC response
strategies, joint implementation of climate change projects, opportunities
for North-South cooperation, trade and environment. She has also initiated
projects on air pollution as well as biodiversity. She is a member of the
biodiversity panel for the executive director of UNEP,(Nairobi) and a
member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of GEF. She is on the
editorial board of various international journals and authored about 150
articles, books and monographs in the area of physics, environment and
energy. She received Boutros Ghali Award in 1995 for her contributions in
energy, sustainable development and local and global environment issues.
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