The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a lecture by Nobel Laureate, Professor Amartya Sen who delivered a Distinguished Person's Lecture on “Peace, Violence and Development in Modern Societies” on 20 July 2010 from 1400 to 1530 hours at the United Nations Conference Centre, Conference Room 1, Bangkok.
Professor Sen's talk at ESCAP provided a unique opportunity to learn the views of one of the most renowned contemporary thinkers on the challenges of conflict, violence and development in modern societies, their impact on developing countries, and what countries can do to achieve peace and inclusive development.
Professor Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, is Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University . Until recently he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge . He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He formerly served as Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor.
Professor Sen has not only made outstanding contributions to the economic literature, he is one of the rare economists who have worked on diverse issues such as poverty and famine, human development, social choice, welfare economics, gender inequality, political liberalism, violence and peace, and development. Among his latest books are Identity and Violence (2006) and The Idea of Justice (2009).
Professor Amartya Sen delivering his lecture with Dr. Noeleen Heyzer,
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP on his left.