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BOSTON– Adil Najam, director of Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, was nominated to serve on the United Nations Committee on Development Policy (CDP) by UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon.
The CDP provides input and independent advice to the UN Economic and Social Council on emerging cross sectoral development issues and an on international cooperation for development, focusing on medium and long-term aspects. The CDP is also responsible for reviewing the status of “Least Developed Countries” (LDCs). The LDC designation is important for poor countries because it allows them differential rules and treatment, including trade regulations.
Najam, who is professor of International Relations and Professor of Geography and the Environment at Boston University, will serve on the CDP until the end of this year. Najam was chosen in part, because of his expertise in global climate change, sustainable development, human development and international environmental policy.
“Although these appointments are made in an individual capacity, this is also relevant to the Pardee Center, because the focus of the Pardee Center’s work is directly relevant to that of the CDP” said Najam.
“From the Pardee Center’s perspective, I hope to use this opportunity to continue trying to bring the UN to BU as well as take BU to the UN.” For example, as part of an ongoing Pardee Center project on food and development, the Center will host a seminar at the UN in New York this May during the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
Najam also noted that he is particularly honored to serve on the 24-member CDP whose previous members have included Dr. Mahbub-ul-Haq, the founder of the Human Development Reports and Index, Robert McNamara, the former US Defense Secretary under President Kennedy and later World Bank President, development scholar Ester Boserup, and Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum (Davos).
Prof. Najam, who becomes one of the very few non-economists to serve on the committee, has earlier served as a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a blue ribbon panel of leading climate scientists, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.