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Second Committee of the General Assembly

New York
08 October - 31 December, 2012

The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) opened its session on 8 October featuring a keynote address by James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University, who highlighted his book, "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty", emphasizing the relationship between politics and economic institutions. While long-run economic growth was driven by new ways of producing things, including innovation and technical growth, society also needed to be organized in such a way as to harness the talents, energy and skills of its people, he said. "Societies that fail, fail to use these attributes," Professor Robinson added.

The Second Committee has during the month of October arranged a number of side events including a panel discussion on ┐Conceptualizing a set of sustainable development goals┐ on 16 October; an event focusing on ┐Sovereign debt crises and restructurings: lessons learnt and proposals for debt resolution mechanisms┐ on 25 October; and a discussion on ┐Countries with special needs / Middle income countries┐ on 31 October.

At the end of October and beginning of November, sustainable development will be at the top of the agenda, followed by topics including agriculture development and food security, poverty eradication, the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and ICTs.

Upcoming special events in November include:
- Special joint meeting of the Second Committee and the Economic and Social Council on "Food security and nutrition: scaling up the global response";
- Discussion on "Entrepreneurship for development";
- Discussion on "Migration and development";
- Panel discussion on "Science, technology and innovation: a new development paradigm"

Detailed Information
Date 08 October - 31 December, 2012
Location New York
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