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Retired UN economist lectures about sustainable development goals Nov. 9

November 2, 2016

Donald Lee, a retired United Nations economist and expert on global poverty issues, will lecture at Montana State University about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Byker Auditorium in MSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will kick off MSU’s 2016 International Education Week activities. Photo courtesy of Donald Lee.

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Donald Lee, a retired United Nations economist and expert on global poverty issues, will lecture at Montana State University about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Byker Auditorium in the MSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will kick off MSU’s 2016 International Education Week activities.

During the public forum, Lee will explain the set of 17 goals that the U.N. has set as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Each goal includes a set of targets that the U.N. aims to achieve by the year 2030.

Lee was a senior development economist with the U.N. for 20 years in both New York and Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to his time with the United Nations, Lee taught economics and business management at Deakin University in Australia and the University of Malaya in Malaysia. He has a Ph.D. in economics from University College London. Lee currently serves as president of the International Committee for October 17, which promotes and supports the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Prior to his public lecture, Lee will talk about his experiences and provide insights to MSU students interested in becoming involved with the U.N. A morning session of “Why join the United Nations in the 21st Century? An insider's perspective” is set at 11 a.m. in room 138 of the Animal Bioscience Building. An afternoon session is scheduled at 3:10 p.m. in Byker Auditorium.

Lee will also talk to classes at Bozeman High School at 9:20 a.m. at the high school.

MSU’s 2016 International Education Week is scheduled Nov. 14-18. For more information, including a list of events, visit www.montana.edu/international. Or, contact the Office of International Programs at 994-4031 or email Janelle Rasmussen at jrasmussen@montana.edu

Janelle Rasmussen (406) 994-7602, jrasmussen@montana.edu