Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature

April 20, 2011
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building, New York

To commemorate International Mother Earth Day, the UN General Assembly will host an interactive dialogue on harmony with nature. 

The dialogue aims to examine how humans can better reconnect with the world around them and is expected to yield 
the following outcomes: proposals on ways to promote a holistic approach to sustainable development in harmony with nature; and an overview of different national experiences on the measurement of sustainable development in harmony with nature. 

The dialogue will consist of two moderated panel discussions with experts in sustainable development. In the morning session, the panel will address a wide array of perspectives, including sociological and anthropological ones, on how humankind can effectively reconnect with nature to achieve economic and social development that is more harmonious and balanced in relationship to the Earth’s carrying capacity. In the afternoon session, the panel will debate on the increasing recognition that gross domestic product (GDP) needs to be supplemented by other measurement tools for measuring progress in terms of social well-being and environmental sustainability. 

The interactive dialogue is intended to inform the on-going preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 4-6 June 2012 (Rio+20) 

Stiglitz Commission: