ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world's leading experts on sustainable development and the fight against poverty, has joined the list of speakers for the World Peace Conference 2017 on March 31 and April 1 in Ann Arbor. The conference is convened by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor.
The New York Times called Sachs, a professor of economics at Columbia University, "probably the most important economist in the world." He is special advisor to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and has advised Ban Ki-Moon and then-Secretary General Kofi Annan on the UN's Millennial Development Goals.
For more than 30 years, the Detroit native has advised dozens of heads of state and government on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The World Peace Conference 2017 is convened by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in conjunction with Rotary International and other Rotary Clubs in the region and Rotary International to prepare its participants to promote peace and reduce violence locally, nationally and globally.
Sachs is one of more than two dozen respected experts on peace and conflict resolution who will explore ways people can contribute to building a peaceful world.
The conference will take place at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus. The conference is open to the public.
Other speakers include;
- Jody Williams, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who led a campaign that inspired an international treaty to ban antipersonnel land mines;
- John Germ, president of Rotary International;
- Robert Johansen, senior fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a well recognized expert on peace and justice;
- Owen Greene, a professor at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, a widely published expert on conflict resolution who has served as a consultant to the United Nations, European Union and the United Kingdom;
- Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director who revitalized the organization's recruitment, application and selection process, resulting in record-breaking application numbers in 2015.
For more information or to register for the peace conference, go to 2017peaceconference.org.
Contact: Peter Brown
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SOURCE Rotary Club of Ann Arbor