Dr. Adil Najam, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, was nominated by the United Nations’ Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon to serve on the UN Committee on Development Policy (CDP). In its second organizational meeting for the 2009 session, members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to accept the nomination and appoint Dr. Najam to the CDP for its current term.
The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. CDP provides inputs and independent advice to the Council on emerging cross-sectoral development issues and on international cooperation for development, focusing on medium- and long-term aspects. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing the status of least developed countries (LDCs) and for monitoring their progress after graduation from the category. The 24 members of the Committee are nominated by the United Nations Secretary-General in their personal capacity, and are appointed by the Council for a period of three years.
Leading thinkers and scholars of global development have served on the CDP before, including: Ester Boserup (Denmark), Kwesi Botchwey (Ghana), Gamani Corea (Ceylon), Hernando de Soto (Peru), Mahbub ul Haq (Pakistan), Nurul Islam (Bangladesh), Sir Richard Jolly (United Kingdom), John Lewis (USA), Robert McNamara (USA), Maureen O’Neil (Canada), Sir Shridath Ramphal (Guyana), Klaus Shwab (Germany), do Ernst Simonis (Germany), Rahman Sobhan (Bangladesh), Frances Stewart (United Kingdom), Lance Taylor (USA), Jan Tinbergen (Netherlands), etc.