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Part two of video on Nitin Desai, a top UN official who worked closely with Kofi Annan, released


By Our Representative
Second part of the video on the life and work of Nitin Desai, an Indian economist and international civil servant, who was Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations from 1992 to 2003, released for public view, takes off from Nitin's return to India in 1987 after fleshing out the concept of sustainable development for Brundtland Commission in its final report "Our Common Future". On returning to India, Desai worked as Chief Economic Advisor and Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
In 1990  Desai joined as Deputy Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development, a conference set up by the United Nations after the success of the Brundtland Commission. Over the next 10 years he was with the UN in Geneva and New York, working for the success of the Earth Summit in Rio and the launch of Agenda 21 (a vision for the 21st Century), in which every constituency's concerns and views on sustainable development were reflected.
To consolidate the outcomes of Rio, the UN created a Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. Desai was appointed its head at Under Secretary General level, working closely with UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. From 1992 till 2003, under his beat, many world conferences and summits were organized on a variety of development subjects, culminating in 2002 with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, a precursor to the Millennium Summit on time bound Sustainable Development Goals.
On his returned to India in late 2003, Desai worked at the grassroots level, education, media responsibility and freedom, human rights, writing on economic policy, peace and security, besides climate change and sustainable development issues.
In two parts, the videos are titled "Nitin Desai: The Global Advocate for Sustainable Development". The first part was released a fortnight ago.

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