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Friday, September 16 • 3:45pm - 6:00pm
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GODAN High-Level Forum, LIVE from the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber 
Closing Remarks

2016 GODAN High-Level Forum
United National Headquarters
ECOSOC Chamber 

4:00pm  Welcome Remarks
Mr. Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum, Chair

4:05pm  Voices of United Nations System
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (invited)
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the SDGs
Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme
Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA

4:25pm  Presentation of the GODAN Petition
Ms. Judith Rowland, Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Global Citizen

4:30pm  Voices of GODAN Summit Visionaries
The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, United States of America
The Honorable Willy Bett, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
Dr. Mark Keenum, Chair, PUSH Steering Committee
Ms. Rachel Lambert, Interim Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Development, United Kingdom

4:50pm  Call to Action
Mr. Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum, Chair

4:55pm  Open Intervention
Anyone in attendance may make interventions.
Please limit interventions to no more than 2 minutes.

5:25pm  Closing Remarks
Mr. Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum, Chair


Session Speaker
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Willy Bett

Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
Willy Kipkorir Bett is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. By the time of his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Bett was serving as the Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Seed Company, a position he held for six years (2009-2015). During his tenure... Read More →
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Mark Keenum

President, Mississippi State University
Dr. Mark Everett Keenum became Mississippi State's 19th president Jan. 5, 2009, following a distinguished public service career. Keenum serves as chairman of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges' Executive Council. In 2016, Keenum was elected president... Read More →
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André Laperrière

Executive Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
André Laperrière is an expert in international development, joined the GODAN initiative as its first Executive Director in September 2015. During his career, he has led numerous projects on behalf of large private corporations and international organisations, including the UN and... Read More →
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Judith Rowland

Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Global Citizen
Judith Rowland (@JudithJRowland) is the Head of U.S. Policy and Advocacy at Global Citizen. Ms. Rowland holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Missouri State University and a graduate degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. In her current... Read More →
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, a leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries.
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Thomas Vilsack

Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Friday September 16, 2016 3:45pm - 6:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom