Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spain’s former president Aznar to chair Global Adaptation Institute Advisory Council

PR Newswire: Jose Maria Aznar, former President of Spain will Chair the Advisory Council of Global Adaptation Institute, a new climate group (http://www.GlobalAdaptationInstitute.org) that seeks to become the pragmatic leader on the critical environmental issue of adaptation to climate change.

"The world must adapt to environmental change and to new social and economic circumstances, especially to protect and benefit people throughout the developing world. Global Adaptation Institute is an urgent, worthwhile initiative focusing on authentic, efficient solutions. I am proud to be part of it," Aznar affirmed.

Institute CEO Dr. Juan Jose Daboub, former second in command at the World Bank, praised Aznar as "one of the most prominent European statesmen of this generation. Under his leadership, Spain's economy grew by 68% to become the 8th largest in the world. He is an extraordinary international leader – serious and consequential – and a great champion for global adaptation."

…In Washington last month, Aznar participated in a work session on climate adaptation sponsored by Global Adaptation Institute with representatives from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and Australia, including former presidents, a former president of the World Bank, corporate leaders, philanthropists, and experts from top universities, think tanks, and foundations.

Ken Hersh, CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management, a $9.5 billion natural resources investment firm based in Irving, Texas, pledged a $10M donation to Global Adaptation Institute based in Washington and launching later this year….

José María Aznar López (born February 25, 1953, in Madrid, Spain) was Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. US Navy photo

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