Dr. Paul Farmer to appear as part of the Kapuscinski Development Lectures

Apr 13, 2015

Dr. Paul Farmer is set to speak on global health and development from King's College in London.

Dr. Paul Farmer, renowned humanitarian and physician, is the latest in a series of high profile Kapuscinski Lecture speakers. Farmer will talk about the inequalities of health highlighted by the Ebola crisis and their effect on global development.

The lecture series aims to bring together top global thinkers of development at European Universities. To date it has hosted more than 50 important figures in development, including the well-known Jeffrey Sachs and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

2015 has been declared the European Year for Development. "This is a significant year. Governments are finalizing their post-2015 agenda and important development conferences are taking place around the world," said Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission. "We are working to raise awareness among European citizens about the importance of development."

Speaking about the role of the initiative as part of the EYD2015, Olivier Adam, Istanbul Regional Hub Deputy Regional Director noted: "The lectures are giving us a wonderful opportunity to bring the European community in touch with important figures and stimulate dialogue on concepts and ideas."

Adam added, "We have had a great series of high-profile events, most recently with Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, speaking on universal education, and Dr. Jonathan Jansen of the Free State University of South Africa speaking on human relations in development. We're honored to be providing the opportunity for top thinkers to share their knowledge and happy to be seeing high interest from audiences around the world."

The lectures are webcast live in addition to the live events in university auditoriums. Audiences around the world are also able to ask questions via Twitter, using #KAPTalks. An archive of lectures can be streamed from the initiative's website, http://www.kapuscinskilectures.eu.

The lecture series continue at full speed with monthly lectures in various European universities throughout 2015.  Farmer's lecture at King's College in London will be followed by Sima Samar in Ljubljana, Ha-Joon in Bilbao, Deepa Narayan in Budapest, Ilan Kapoor in Vienna, and Erik Solheim in Vilnius.

Dr. Paul Farmer was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as the UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. He is a founding director of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization that supports the building and strengthening of local health systems, and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Kapuscinski Lectures Series are co-funded by the European Union and UNDP. The lectures are named after the late Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish writer and reporter who was known for his respectful coverage of developing countries. To date, more than 20,000 people have participated in more than 60 lectures since 2009.

Contact information

Jan Szczycinski, jan.szczycinski@undp.org

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