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It is good to see that the GDN Conference is getting attention beyond the conference rooms.  Here are a few articles and posts about the  event:

Atrium in AFESD Building

Atrium in AFESD Building

The Global Development Network’s 10th Anniversary Conference kicked off today in Kuwait at the lovely facilities of our host, Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development (AFESD).

If you can’t be here, you can get some of the flavor of the event by following online.  The conference agenda and information about many of the participants is available in the conference’s social networking website.  I particularly like the map of where participants are from – truly an international event.  You can follow comments from some of the sessions via twitter.    GDN is posting photos from the event on Flickr.

If you are attending the event or want to comment from elsewhere, make sure to take your contribution with the conference tag – gdnet09.

Justin Lin speaking at Global Development Network 2009

Justin Lin speaking at Global Development Network 2009

World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin was the keynote speaker in the opening session of the Global Development Network’s 10th Anniversary Conference in Kuwait City today. Lin suggested that a long run, stable, oil price of about $70/barrel would create incentives for investment in renewable energy sources, maintain incentives for continued investment in oil, and protect poor countries from sudden surges in price.  He explained that very high oil prices (over $70/barrel) and uncertainty over future prices could accelerate development of highly polluting synthetic fuels until, at least, there are stronger international agreements in place to curb carbon emissions.

Lin also called for research into the possibility of insuring poor, oil-consuming countries against price shocks and argued that action was called for to create a price mechanism to prevent a potential climate change “tipping point”.

The panel was chaired by Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico.  It included opening remarks by H.E. Mohammed Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait and Abdlatif Al-Hamad, Director-General and Chairm of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).  AFESD is hosting the conference in their facility in Kuwait City.

The Global Development Network’s 10th Annual Conference on “Natural Resources and Development” will be hosted by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) at their headquarters in Kuwait City, Kuwait from February 3 – 5, 2009.

The event will feature eminent academics, policy makers and members of multilateral development organizations. Four plenary sessions have been scheduled, entitled, ‘Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?’; ‘The Political Economy of Natural Resources’; ‘The Challenge of Sustainable Development’; and ‘The Wealth of Nations: Revenue and Fiscal Management of Natural Resources.’

The conference organizers are also offering a set of online services that are intended to:

  • connect interested professionals who are unable to attend the conference in person with attendees and materials,
  • help attendees find each other and prioritize their time, and
  • document and capture some of the knowledge and experiences being shared at the event.

To participate in these online services, members of the public and conference attendees can:

Please tag any materials you post about the confernece with gdnet09 so other people can more easily find them.