Stephanie Ruiz, Author at State of the Planet

Thinking of Korea in Sauri, Kenya

I am spending my summer in Sauri, Kenya. As a Masters in Development Practice student (MDP), we have a 12-week field training in a Millennium Village. The first 5 weeks consists of rotations in Agriculture/Business Development, Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Community Development. After the rotations, we will work as a team to draw up a… read more

by |June 11, 2010

State of the Planet 2010 – Closing

Well folks, the events here at Columbia are wrapping up.  We hope you enjoyed our comments and summaries.  Discussions on these issues will continue here at the Earth Institute, online and hopefully in your lives as well. On behalf of myself (Stephanie Ruiz), Jaclyn Carlsen, and Eric Couper, thanks for joining us online today. Wrap… read more

by |March 25, 2010

Keynote Address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Update | 3:37 p.m. The break continues as the audience awaits the Secretary-General’s speech with anticipation. Update | 3:58 p.m And we’re back! Sachs introduces Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, with a clear respect, friendship, and a little humor to boot. Update | 4:02 p.m. Ban Ki-moon takes the stage.  He shares that beyond being a… read more

by |March 25, 2010

SESSION III: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – What Does a Green Recovery Look Like?

Update | 1:35p.m. Good afternoon.  We are back and about to get started.  Jeffrey Sachs returns to the stage.  He introduces our first speaker of the afternoon, President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa of Mexico. Mexico will be hosting the next climate change conference in Cancun later this year. President Calderón will provide vision for this conference…. read more

by |March 25, 2010

SESSION II: POVERTY – How Do We Achieve the Millennium Development Goals?

And we’re back with session II: Poverty – How Do We Achieve the Millennium Development Goals? Update | 11:15 a.m. The conversation begins with a short, but complex question: How are we doing with the MDGs? A panel of experts including HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Glenn Denning, Professor of Processional Practice, Columbia University, Upmanu… read more

by |March 25, 2010

SESSION I: CLIMATE CHANGE – What Would It Take to Complete the Climate Deal?

Hans Vestberg reveals shocking stats Update | 8:48 a.m. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson takes the stage after Jeff Sachs and reveals some astounding statistics. Today, 4.6 people have mobile phones. Half a billion people have broadband. On the Chinese New Year 23 billion SMS were sent. In the upcoming years it’s predicted that… read more

by |March 25, 2010

State of the Planet 2010 – Introduction

Update | 8:40 a.m. Hi everybody. The State of the Planet event is about to begin. The lights are darkening here at Lerner Hall at Columbia University. This year’s conference will address Climate Change, Poverty, Economic Recovery and International Systems. We begin today’s event with a panel on Climate Change. Jeff Sachs, Matthew Bishop and… read more

by |March 25, 2010