Introducing the New Commission for Africa: Action Finally?

Dr. James Quilligan will discuss the formation of the Commission for Africa, a major new initiative geared to reducing the disparity between developed and developing worlds.

Thursday, May 27, 2004
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall (6th Floor)
History Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

"...the new generations of the world need not only economic solutions, they need ideas to inspire them, hopes to encourage them, and first steps to implement them."--Willy Brandt

Twenty years ago the Brandt Commission, headed by former German Chancellor Willy Brandt. proposed a plan to reduce the vast and unjust economic disparity between the developed and developing worlds.  A major new initiative announced in February in the UK -- the formation of the Commission for Africa -- represents a first step toward implementing that plan.

Dr. James Quilligan, Director of the Center for Global Negotiations, discusses the promise and significance of the Commission for Africa -- formed to address the urgent need for emergency relief for that continent -- in the context of the larger economic picture.  Composed of leaders from the G-7 nations and Africa, the new commission is possibly the most significant forum in the past 25 years to make near-term commitments for action on behalf of Africa.

Dr. James Quilligan, Director of the Brandt 21 Forum and the Center for Global Negotiations, is author of The Brandt Equation: 21st Century Blueprint for a New Global Economy.  He has been a policy advisor, writer, and consultant to Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter, Olof Palme, Pierre Trudeau and government agencies in over 25 countries.  He is currently an advisor to the newly formed Commission for Africa, a global development panel convened by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Parking is available in lot #3 for $7.

Cost : Free and open to the public

James S. Coleman African Studies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Globalization Research Center - Africa