Ajay Chhibber, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations, and Assistant Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific,
Bittu Sahgal, Founding Editor, Sanctuary Asia
Monday, February 20th at 6:30 pm, Registration at 6:00pm
Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Asia Society Members- free, All others- Rs. 100 (free for press with a valid ID and pre-registration)
Himalayan Meltdown is a documentary film co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Discovery Asia, and Arrowhead Films. The movie examines the human development impact of the glacial ice melt on communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal. It shows the plight of the affected countries and the ways they are adapting, adjusting and preparing for tomorrow’s inevitable changes in the Himalayan glaciers. It features innovative fog-catching in Nepal, man-made glaciers in India, views of life in the changing plateaus of China, and pioneering UNDP climate change adaptation projects in Bhutan and Bangladesh. Technological advances from leading glaciologists, experts at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and UNDP offer insights into what is in progress and what still needs to be done for countries to address the Himalayan ice melt.
Ajay Chhibber serves as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He has had a very diverse career at the World Bank for over 25 years covering both research and policy issues, and has worked across Asia. He was previously Country Director for Vietnam, where he managed over $1billion in lending. He has also been Director of the Independent Evaluation Group and a manager in the Eastern European and Asian Departments of the World Bank. He was Staff Director on the World Development Report in 1997 and has served as a Senior Economist at the World Bank. He has published widely on development and policy issues. Before joining the World Bank, he was a consultant researcher for FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Prior to that he worked at the Indian Planning Commission and was also a lecturer in economics at the University of Delhi. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MA from the Delhi School of Economics.
Bittu Sahgal is the Editor of Sanctuary Asia magazine. He started Sanctuary Asia and Cub Magazines in the early '80s. To communicate the rationale for conservation to as wide an audience as possible, he has used the medium of film, having produced over 30 conservation-oriented documentaries that were aired over India's national television network. Sahgal's columns on environmental and development issues appear in a number of English and regional language publications in India. A journalist-writer, he has been closely involved with several national campaigns and is an active member on a range of government and non-government organization boards and committees. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, India and his key involvements focus around campaigns to save the tiger and to highlight the connection between human rights, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, ecosystem values and climate change.
The Energy & Environment Series focuses on pressing topics of environmental concern to inform current debates and incite dialogue among stakeholders at multiple levels.
This programme is part of the exhibition ZNE! Examples to follow!, which aims at raising awareness for the fact that a constructive sustainability cannot make do without the arts and sciences. It needs to learn from them how to think in transitions, interim solutions, models and projects.
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This March, Asia Society proudly celebrates the opening of its new centre building in Hong Kong, and the forthcoming new centre building opening in Texas in April.
The new Hong Kong Centre opened on March 9, 2012, in a Former Explosives Magazine, and combines new construction with four former military buildings. Three of these buildings are listed as Grade 1 Historic Buildings and are part of the Former Explosives Magazine Compound. The compound was an integral part of the British military lands and as one of the few remaining sites, it is an important tangible link to Hong Kong’s past. The new centre has been designed by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien. Learn more about the Grand Opening celebrations here.
The new Texas Centre building combines contemporary international design with an understated elegance and serenity. Its 39,000 square feet is spread over two stories and basement, resulting in a low-slung profile that fits comfortably into its residential surroundings. It is designed by Japan-born, Harvard-educated Yoshio Taniguchi, who was responsible for the redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Grand Opening is set for April 12-15, 2012.
In an article published by the New York Times, Robin Pogrebin notes that in a time of global economic decline, Asia Society's expansion shows that interacting with Asia is no longer simply a politically correct pleasantry, but a necessity. Pogrebin says, “Each center has art galleries, lecture halls, meeting spaces and offices. Both are opening with exhibitions that pay tribute to Asia Society’s founding with selections of traditional Asian art from its permanent collection.”The article quotes Asia Society’s President, Vishakha Desai, who said, “Because the world has changed, so has Asia Society’s mission. Where once the organization was focused on explaining Asia to Americans, now it emphasizes strengthening partnerships in areas like culture, business, public policy and education, not only between Asians and Americans but among Asians themselves…”