Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security
Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks
Date: 23 March 2011
Time: 1.15pm-2.30pm (EST)
The United Nations University Office at the United Nations is organizing an event as part of the UNU Worldwide in New York Series entitled "Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security".
During the conference the speakers will present the recently published Global Environmental and Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA), which comprises 95 peer-reviewed chapters which were written by 164 authors, and analyzes concepts of military and political hard security and economic, social and environmental soft security. Regional focuses include the Near East, Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa, as well as addressing hazards in urban centers.
The major focus of this conference will be on coping with global environmental change - climate change, desertification, water, food and health - and with hazards and strategies pertaining to social vulnerability and resilience-building. The speakers will also examine scientific and political strategies, policies and measures - such as early warning of conflicts and hazards - and discuss a political geo-ecology and a "Fourth Green Revolution."
- Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of the United Nations University, Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY).
- H.E. Ambassador Professor Dr. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, author of a foreword.
- H.E. Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.
- Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Delegate to the Second Committee, representing thePermanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.
- Hans Günter Brauch, Adj. Professor, Free University of Berlin; senior CASA fellow, UNU-EHS (Bonn); chairman of AFES-PRESS, Germany; co-editor, author.
- Úrsula Oswald Spring, Professor, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CRIM-UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico); first MR Chair on Social Vulnerability, UNU-EHS; co-editor, author.