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Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future – Charting a New Development Agenda
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010, 15:00 - 16:30

A Lecture by

Professor Saleem Ali

Organised by: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

Venue: JIIA Conference Room
Kasumigaseki Bldg. 11F
3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

English-Japanese Interpretation Available

Event Description 

Would the world be a better place if human societies, especially the most affluent ones, simply curbed their hunger for material goods? Based on his most recent book, Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press, 2009), Saleem Ali argues that the human desire for the earth’s mineral resources—our “treasure impulse”—cannot be so easily dismissed. While this impulse far too often yields environmental destruction and social inequity, Ali argues, it can also fuel creativity, the desire for discovery, and needed economic development. Properly channeled, the treasure impulse might actually propel us toward a fairer and better world.

15:00 - 16:30

Professor Saleem Ali,
Professor, Environmental Planning and Asian Studies, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources University of Vermont (USA)
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Naoko Saiki,
Deputy Director General, JIIA

Speaker's Biography

Saleem H. Ali is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and on the adjunct faculty of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies (USA). He is also on the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), where he teaches a course on Indigenous Environment and Development Conflicts. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. Dr. Ali just published a sole-authored book pertaining to mineral resources and the environment, Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press, 2009). Much of his empirical research has focused on environmental conflicts in the mineral sector and he is also the author of Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (published the University of Arizona Press, 2004) and Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, The Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility (edited with Ciaran O'Fairchellaegh). His Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, 2007) was widely acclaimed and received cover endorsements from E.O. Wilson, George Schaller and Achim Steiner, and a foreword by Julia Marton-Lefevre. National Geographic has chosen him as one of its "emerging explorers" for 2010.

Registration is free and open to the public. Please register by Friday, 25 June 2010. In the event that the registration is closed, please email Hiroshi Takazawa at takazawa[at] for a possibility for late registration.

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