Robert Berg

Berg, Robert J.

Berg, Robert J.

Advisor to the Board, World Academy of Art & Science

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Advisor to the Board, World Academy of Art & Science

Robert J. Berg co-chairs the Funding Committee of the Academy's Board of Trustees. He has served as senior advisor to a number of parts of the UN, including the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, the World Education Forum and the World Summit for Children. He proposed and co-authored the UN's first system-wide substantive initiative, the second being the Millennium Development Goals. Currently he is on a UN expert group concerned with the economic and governance implications of climate change. For many years he led the International Development Conference, the largest forum on international development issues in the US. Prior to that he was senior fellow at the Overseas Development Council, a think tank, and founded the evaluation work of USAID and the OECD/DAC. He serves on non-profit boards in higher education and international development, focusing on peace, community development and health. He currently works with graduate students from number of universities studying UN reform issues.

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Remarks on Visions of Sustainable Development
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Global agreements are getting harder to achieve. The current environmental agreements require a variable geometry that is still to be worked out and tested. A better role for the UN would be to demonstrate by example best sustainability practices, but that requires a lot of organizational re-engineering. Two major driving forces against sustainability must be addressed: population growth and changing consumer preferences. Major economic systems changes may be the...