Natural environment  |  Events  |  01.11.2011

Climate is Changing Development

The Heinrich Boell Foundation organiszes a one-day symposium on the question of what could be a "Fair Deal" in the climate negotiations in Durban, especially for the African region. 

EVENT: Symposium

DATE: 1 November 2011

PLACE: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin

LANGUAGE: English with simultaneous translation into German 

Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and chronic malnutrition, over 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. One reason is the structural poverty. But speculation in food products in world markets, lack of investment in sustainable agriculture and leached soils are among reasons for the food crisis. Climate change further aggravates this situation and could become the biggest obstacle in the fight against hunger. 

Climate and food crisis requires a rapid and decisive reversal of policy making. The seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Convention on Climate change in Durban has to answer to the need of African states for the financial support for sustainable rural development.  At the symposium the question "How can agriculture feed a growing population while providing answers to the challenges of climate change?" will be discussed with the contribution of: 

  • Dr. Youba Sokona (Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Ethiopia and IPCC Working Group III)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun (Head of the Department of Economic and Technological Change in the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany)
  • Dr. Fatima Denton * (Program Director of Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (IDRC), Senegal)
  • Masego Madzwamuse (Regional Vice Chair for South Africa of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Economic Justice Program Manager at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), South Africa)
  • Dr. Karsten Sach * (Deputy Director General for International Cooperation at the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), Berlin)

* To be confirmed

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