Friday, February 29, 2008

Follow-up to Bali: Conference on development and disaster response

Underway right now, according to the Norway Post: The two-day conference “Changing the way we develop: dealing with disasters and climate change”, is being arranged under the umbrella of the Oslo Policy Forum 2008, in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and ProVention Consortium.

The focus will be on the political and economic challenges involved in adaptation to climate change and the need for more proactive efforts in this area. The conference is expected to result in practical recommendations on how adaptation to climate change and prevention of humanitarian crises can be integrated into development cooperation.

Ghana, Malawi, Vietnam and Norway will be represented at political level. Bangladesh, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Italy, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK are among the countries that will be represented at senior-official level. The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UNDP directors of development policies and crisis prevention, and the Secretary-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will participate, as well as Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) and others.

Oslo seen from the King's castle, Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Wikimedia Commons

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