“The Principle of Mercy” with World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Date: Apr 06, 2016 - Apr 06, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: New York City

Category: Public Lectures & Events

Join us at our neighboring insitution, Union Theological Seminary, for this talk by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group, and several noted guests. Presented by The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue in partnership with Union Theological Seminary and the Riverside Church.

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In 2014, World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim invited faith based organization and religious leaders to discuss ways to work together to achieve the goal of ending extreme poverty worldwide by 2030. In 2015, the United Nations member states voted to include ending extreme poverty as the first Sustainable Development Goal for the next 15 years. President Kim joins us to discuss the moral imperative of ending extreme poverty and the role that religious communities can play in achieving it.  


  • Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, board member of the Association to Benefit Childre. 


  • Sarah Sayeed, senior advisor in the Community Affairs Unit of the Mayor’s Office of New York City
  • Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world

Admission and Livestreaming

  • Admission is free but you must have reservations. Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring photo ID.
  • This event will be available on livestream beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street)
New York City

Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, is the 12th president of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as president of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1987, Kim cofounded Partners in Health, a nonprofit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents.