Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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Mr David Runnalls
President, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada

David Runnalls is President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), whose head office is located in Winnipeg, Canada. The Institute has as its mission the championing of innovation, in order for societies to live sustainably. It endeavours to achieve these goals through research, expert analysis and information technology, by working through partnerships with other organizations and governments, at the regional, national, and international levels.

Prior to 1998, Runnalls was President of the Earth Council Institute of Canada and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Trade Program at the IISD. He was also a Senior Advisor to the President of the International Development Research Centre and to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Previously, Runnalls was the Director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Programme at the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Ottawa, Canada. The Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan body specializing in policy relevant research in the areas of economics, trade policy, social policy, agriculture and governance.

From 1981 to 1988, Runnalls directed the North American Office of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), an international non-governmental organization, specializing in policy research, technical assistance, and information dissemination on issues related to environment, natural resource management, and the economic development of the Third World.

Before his arrival in Washington, Runnalls had worked for many years with the British writer and economist, Barbara Ward. They began this collaboration in l968 when she was appointed Albert Schweitzer Professor of International Economic Development at Columbia University in New York. Runnalls served as the Staff Director for the Schweitzer Chair and collaborated with Ms Ward in the editing of The Widening Gap, a pioneering collection of papers on the relationship between development and income distribution. He was later the Research Director for the book Only One Earth, written by Barbara Ward and René Dubos for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. When Barbara Ward became the President of the IIED, Runnalls went with her to become the Director of the London Office in l974.

Educated in Canada at the University of Toronto and at New York's Columbia University, Runnalls is the author of a number of papers and articles on sustainable development. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the National Film Board of Canada, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Mr Runnalls was the Canadian Member of the Council of IUCN - The World Conservation Union. He is also an active board member of several international