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Posted on on May 26th, 2009
by Pincas Jawetz (

The New York Headquartes of the ASIA SOCIETY


Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City
Box Office Information: To purchase tickets please visit us online Or call – (M-F 10am – 5pm) 212517-ASIA (2742)

May 26, 2009

Discussion comming in June 2009:

Monday, June 1, 2009 7:00 PM (WITH LIVE WEBCAST)

One common feature of the stimulus plans introduced in both China and the U.S. is the surge in funding for “green” efforts, from mass transit and green housing, to clean coal and smart grids. But our two countries remain, far and away, the largest emitters of carbon dioxide that imperils the planet. Can China reduce emissions in time? Can Beijing implement sustainable development goals without undermining China’s high growth rate—already in jeopardy due to the slowing global economy? And how do China’s efforts fit in to the larger, global effort at dealing with the climate crisis?

Jeffrey D. Sachs
, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is uniquely qualified to reflect on China’s role in the global climate game. Sachs is author of many books including, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet and The End of Poverty, and serves as Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Following remarks, Orville Schell, Director of the Center on US-China Relations, will join Dr. Sachs on stage for a conversation about China’s environmental challenges in a global context


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 6:30 PM (WITH LIVE WEBCAST)

The collapse of the controversial truce between the government of Pakistan the Taliban in Swat and a broadening military offensive in the north-west has created a humanitarian crisis in Pakistan. According to military officials and international refugee agencies, the number of people who have fled fighting has increased to more than 1 million. Prime Minister Gilani has already appealed to the world for help.

A Conversation with
Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee
Mahnaz Ispahani, Independent Scholar & Foundation Consultant; Former Senior Fellow for South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Please join us for a discussion for an update on the current situation as well as on what Pakistan and the world can and must do to respond.

Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy
Photo Credit: TARIQ MAHMOOD/AFP/Getty Images


Private-Sector Approaches to Water Management for the Poor
Wednesday. June 3, 2009 12:30 PM
Innovations in Microfinance Series

Approximately 1.1 billion people lack clean water supplies and 2.7 billion have no access to proper sanitation. To combat conditions that lead to sickness and disease, low income families across Asia are asking for clean water and improved sanitation to keep their families healthy and productive. Sophisticated modern piped water networks are too expensive for most developing countries and poor people living in the slums often pay 5 to 10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city. Sensing a business opportunity, microfinance organizations are beginning to explore the market for making water more accessible to the poor. Learn about innovative private sector microfinance approaches to water management that have been used for a range of purposes from purchasing household water connections and clean water storage units, like rainwater harvesting tanks to the construction of household latrines.

Opening remarks by Bruce Schlein, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Citi
Claire Lyons, Manager, PepsiCo Foundation
Joe Madiath, Founder and Executive Director, Gram Vikas, a rural development NGO, and Founding Board Member, BASIX (India)
Paul Sathianathan, Executive Director, Gramalaya Urban and Rural Development Initiatives and Network (GUARDIAN) (India)
Kurt Soderlund, CEO, Safe Water Network (USA)
Gary White, Executive Director and Co-founder, WaterPartners International (USA)
Moderator: Nicola Armacost, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Arc Finance




A New Indian Government: The Election Results and Their Implications
Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:30 AM (WITH LIVE WEBCAST)

With the conclusion of the five-stage voting that spanned a month, the world’s largest democracy once again showcased its democratic credentials in its 15th General Election. Having received the largest number of votes, the Indian National Congress (INC) is now engaged in cobbling together a coalition government. What is the makeup of the new coalition government going to look like? What can we read from the election results? How might the next government’s policies be different from those of the previous UPA government? How might it affect the US-India bilateral relationship? Join us to discuss

these and other pertinent issues.

A Conversation with:

Kanchan Chandra, Associate Professor, Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University
Pramit Palchaudhuri, Senior Editor, The Hindustan Times (via teleconference)
Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Faculty Fellow, the India China Institute, New School for Social Research




Philippine Politics and the 2010 Presidential Elections:

Time for Change or More of the Same?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 8:30 AM (WITH LIVE WEBCAST)

Senator Manny Villar, Congress of the Philippines, discusses the current political climate in the lead up to the 2010 Presidential elections. The Philippines has had strong economic performance in recent years but the political system continues to be marked by corruption, attempted coups and the powerful influence of patronage at the local level. The 2010 presidential elections will be a major event in Asia as the Arroyo government comes under term limits. Senator Villar has over 15 years of experience in Philippine electoral politics as a member of the House of Representatives in the 1990s and in the
Senate beginning in 2001 and will speak on the need for reform and how the
future President should face such challenges.


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