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Panel Discussion on Climate Justice in Berlin

17/04/2015 - In collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) organized a public event in Berlin this week: Members of the Climate Justice Dialogue, including former Irish President Mary Robinson and PIK’s director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, discussed in two interactive panels how vulnerable regions of the world are already undermined by climate change and what opportunities 2015 holds to counteract this development. “Protecting Human Rights in the Face of Climate Change” was the theme of the first panel while the second discussion focused on the requirements for a fair and sustainable shift to a zero carbon, climate-safe economy. The well attended event was hosted by Humboldt University Berlin.
Panel Discussion on Climate Justice in Berlin

Members of the High Level Advisory Committee of the Climate Justice Dialogue met at the Potsdam Institute. Foto: PIK

The interactive discussion followed an annual strategic meeting of the High Level Advisory Committee to the Climate Justice Dialogue (HLAC) at the Potsdam Institute. Launched by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation and United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change, the global committee consists of former presidents and other leaders from the fields of politics, science, business, civil society and academia.

At the public event in Berlin, the panelists discussed topics like development, human rights, ethics, inequalities between and within countries, further issues regarding divestment or health were raised by the lively public.Mary Robinson encouraged the mainly young audience to engage in climate justice and sustainable development and highlighted 2015 as "a year of incredible importance". “From the perspective of climate impact research, the poorest will be hit the hardest by a 4°C warmer world,“ HLAC member Schellnhuber said. Other members like Tuiloma Neroni Slade, former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat emphasized the urgency for action: "Climate change is not an event of the future".


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Weblink to the High Level Advisory Committee to the Climate Justice Dialogue (HLAC)

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