60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference - United Nations, New York, 5-7 September 2007
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C H A N G E
CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW IT IMPACTS US ALL

Conference Schedule
Thursday , 6 September 2007

Afternoon Roundtable Session:

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Conference Room 4

Coping With Climate Change: Best Land Use Practices

This panel will focus on innovative ways to minimise and cope with the negative impacts of climate change, primarily as they present in erratic weather patterns. These events aggravate famine and mass migrations in areas already burdened, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. The panel will address the effective local initiatives utilised in combating desertification--planning and zoning techniques, which can stem the rapid loss of agricultural lands to urbanisation. How can these be overcome without sacrificing issues of equity? What can NGOs, national governments and UN agencies do to encourage compliance?

In addition, the panellists will consider the vital role that the preservation of biodiversity and reforestation policies can play in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.

Moderator:

Khaled Dawoud, Correspondent, Al-Jazeera

Speakers:

Rosalind Peterson, California President and Co-Founder of the Agriculture Defense Coalition (ADC)

Dickson Despommier, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Pekka Patosaari, Director, Secretariat for the United Nations Forum on Forests

Li Xiaolin, Vice-President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries


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