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Climate Change as a Security Threat, 5-7 November 2008
November 05, 2008
The German Federal Foreign Office is organizing an international conference titled "Climate Change as a Security Threat – Strategies for Policy-Makers, Science and Business" to be held in Freiburg, Germany, from 5 -7 November 2008.
Participants and objective
Representatives of international organizations, the EU and its Member States, cities, the private sector, and the scientific community will assemble in Freiburg to discuss with 500 participants the implications of new conflict constellations caused by climate change. What kinds of conflicts are likely to occur? What does this mean for the overall relationship between the North and the South and how the relationship of neighboring countries will be affected?
Confirmed speakers include among others:
- Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2007, India
- Dr h.c. Gernot Erler, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office
- Per Bødker Andersen, Member of the Executive Committee of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability/Regional Chair for Europe and Lord Mayor of Kolding, Denmark, Member of ICLEI Executive Committee
- Dr Dieter Salomon, Mayor of the City of Freiburg, Germany, Member of ICLEI Executive Committee
Beyond a risk assessment, a search for solutions
The Freiburg Conference aims to move beyond a mere risk assessment. Panels will focus on different levels of engagement addressing different stakeholder configurations. A first round will discuss: What is the role of the international community, the EU and its Member States a few weeks ahead of the next round of international climate negotiations in Poznań (Poland)?
The role of technology
A second round will focus on the technological options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Given Freiburg’s reputation as a solar city the energy sector will play a crucial role during these discussions.
The role of cities and municipalities
The concluding round aims to point out the important role of cities and municipalities as drivers of change throughout the world. Cities are part of the solution to climate change, but urban livelihoods may also suffer severe consequences from climate change.
Freiburg, a leading local government
Freiburg is among the world’s leading cities for climate protection. Apart from an ambitious climate protection programme, it hosts a unique network of researchers, business and civil society organizations committed to environmental protection. The city hosts the European Secretariat of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
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