21st Century Talks: Should globalization de democratized?“Should Globalization be Made More Democratic?” is the theme of the up-coming session of the 21st Century Talks at UNESCO (Room II), on March 22 at 6 p.m., which will bring together four distinguished participants, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Arjun Appadurai, Daniel Cohen and Edgar Morin.
The session of the Talks will be opened by UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and moderated by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Prospective Studies, Philosophy and Human Sciences Division. The session pursues the on-going work of the International Panel on Democracy and Development, created by UNESCO.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali has been Secretary-General of the United Nations, Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (international Francophone organization) and Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt. He is the current Chairperson of the International Panel on Democracy and Development and the author of, among other works, Mes années à la maison de verre and En attendant la prochaine lune.
Indian-born anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the New School University in New York, was a Co-Founding Editor of the review, Public Culture and edited the collective work, Globalization. He has published numerous books including, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization.
Daniel Cohen is professor of economics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, contributing editor for the daily newspaper Le Monde and a member of the Council for Economic Analysis, which advises the French Prime Minister. Author of The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations, he recently published La Mondialisation et ses ennemis.
Sociologist Edgar Morin is Emeritius Research Director at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). A prolific writer whose works include the volumes of La Méthode (1980-2001) and L’Humanité de l’humanité: l’identité humaine, he also chairs the European Agency for Culture and presides the Association for Complex Thought.
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