Linking global decision-making to the best of sustainability science, the Earth Institute at Columbia University will convene the third biennial State of the Planet conference on March 29-30, 2004. The two-day conference, hosted by Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs, brings together an international roster of influential and innovative thinkers discussing ideas to ensure delivery of basic needs such as water, energy, health, and nutrition to all the world's people. Day 1 of the conference is a discussion forum open to the public. Day 2 is working sessions open to invited experts only.
- Mary Robinson, Executive Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
William Foege, Fellow, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, Emory University
Conrad Lautenbacher, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA Administrator and Retired Navy Vice Admiral
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University
Joseph Stiglitz, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and Professor, School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Robert Watson, Chief Scientist, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank
Edward O. Wilson, Winner of the National Medal of Science and the Pulitzer Prize in literature, Pellegrino University Professor, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
State of the Planet 2004 also showcases the proposals for early actions recommended to the United Nations by its Millennium Project, aiming to cut global poverty in half by 2015. The conference will generate recommendations on the best scientific practices, action priorities, and most urgent areas for investment. These recommendations will be presented to leading policymakers, including those involved in the G8 summit meeting scheduled for June 2004.