For the Planet and the Poor - Opening Address


April 4 (Mon.) 6 p.m. -  Opening Address
Jordan Hall, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
A Surprising Convergence, a Moment of Opportunity

We are witnessing an extraordinary moment in the history of global efforts to eliminate extreme poverty and preserve the natural environment. Never before have international development organizations, national governments, the Catholic Church, and other religious and faith-based organizations been so closely aligned in a campaign to address the most daunting challenges facing humanity and the planet.

The surprising convergence of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, with his support of the Sustainable Development Goals to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030,” have presented us with a remarkable moment of opportunity.

This conference, organized by Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, brings together students and faculty with leading thinkers from the worlds of development policy and practice, government, the Church and other religious bodies to reflect on the events of the previous year and chart a way forward.

These events are free and open to the public. #planetandpoor

April 4 (Mon.) 6 p.m.  

Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame

OPENING ADDRESS -A Surprising Convergence, a Moment of Opportunity

A. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Most Rev. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Vatican

Sara Sievers, Associate Dean for Policy and Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs

CHAIR, R. Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs