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Social Dimensions of Climate Change Workshop
March 5, 2008 | 9:00 - 1:00 pm | Eugene R. Black Auditorium

Dr. Bob Watson
Chief Scientist, Department for
Environment and Rural Affairs,
Government of the United Kingdom,
and Former Chair of the IPCC that received the Nobel Peace Prize

     

  Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon
Deputy Foreign Minister,
Republic of the Maldives

                                                     

 

 Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki
Former Prime Minister of Niger, and
Current Executive Director of
Rural Hub in Africa

 Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Former Chair of
Inuit Circumpolar Conference

 Right Honorable Kim Campbell
Former Canadian Prime Minister, and
Former Secretary General to the Club of Madrid
 


The issue of climate change has thrust itself into the forefront of global debate. However, while the natural science of climate change is increasingly certain on what will happen to earth’s climate, the debate on the likely social consequences of climate change for human society is still in its infancy.  

With this challenge in mind, the Social Development Department of the World Bank is taking the lead to build a greater understanding of the social implications of climate change by hosting a workshop that will take place on March 5th and 6th. The technical workshop will consider how climate change is likely to affect issues of Conflict, Migration, Urban Space, Rural Institutions, Drylands, Social Policy, Indigenous Peoples and Gender and will address the following questions:
 
  • How will people’s lives and livelihoods change as a result of climate change?
  • What are the likely consequences for different groups of people within society, for example, indigenous peoples or fishing communities? 
  • For those already confronting war, crime, hunger, disease or insecure livelihoods, how will they manage additional threats stemming from climate change? 
  • Will insecurity worsen and for whom?
  • What policies should be put in place to help people cope?

To promote further global debate around these critical issues, workshop papers will be published and posted on the website.

For further details on the workshop sessions, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/socialdevelopment

 





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