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Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28, 2008

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Conference
Thursday, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., The Economist Debate

Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
2920 Broadway (between 114th and 115th Streets), New York, NY
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is on your own. There will be a 1 1/2 hour lunch break each day.
The conference is free and open to the registered public.

Session 2: Addressing Areas of Conflict in Our Changing World
Moderator: Jonathan Ledgard, The Economist
Jan Egeland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, The United Nations
Jill Shankleman, J. Shankleman Limited
David Victor, Stanford University

State of the Planet Mission
The State of the Planet Conference, held every two years by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, assesses the state of global natural and human systems in order to identify those factors central to achieving sustainable development. The conference brings together insights from the world's most influential and innovative thinkers in a wide range of academic fields, including the earth sciences, engineering sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, and social sciences, with those from opinion leaders in the media, government and the policy community.

Participants explore and debate in depth, on a global scale, the current condition of natural and human systems from the perspectives of both the natural and social sciences. In fostering constructive relations between these scientific communities and government leaders, international organizations, individuals and others, the conference promotes policy designed to reach the goals of sustainable development.

To secure our future as a species we must first understand what impact we have on the planet we inhabit. Getting to that understanding - and framing viable solutions for our future - is what this conference is all about.