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Climate change as a threat to security – Steinmeier and Pachauri at climate conference in Freiburg

30.10.2008

On 6 and 7 November an international conference on "Climate Change as a Security Threat – Strategies for Policy-Makers, Science and Business" will take place in Freiburg im Breisgau. The conference will focus on the impact of climate change on peace and security as well as possible responses by the international community. The aim is to make the complex issue of climate change and security accessible to a broader public and to promote the dialogue within society on this topic.

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will open the conference in the Freiburg Concert Hall on 6 November, together with Minister of State Gernot Erler and Freiburg's Mayor Dieter Salomon.

Afterwards, Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and 2007 Nobel Laureate, will kick off the debate with a lead-in presentation on the current challenges of international climate policy.

Numerous politicians, representatives of the business community and climate experts from home and abroad will debate topical climate policy issues until Friday noon in a series of panel discussions, each chaired by the ZEIT journalist Petra Pinzler. The focus will be on "Security Implications of Global Climate Change", "Climate Change: Challenges for Global Governance", "Technological Responses to Climate Change" and "Municipalities and Climate Change".

Both the conference and the programme of side events are being organized by the Federal Foreign Office in close collaboration with the City of Freiburg and the think tank Adelphi Research. For instance, the City of Freiburg has made the Concert Hall available for the entire duration of the conference. On the eve of the conference, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will give a benefit concert there featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The proceeds will be used to fund the climate protection project "Lighting Up Hope and Communities in Rural Nicaragua", which aims to promote sustainable development in rural Nicaragua through the use of solar energy.

Moreover, Minister of State Erler will open an exhibition on "Environment, Conflict and Cooperation" on the first day of the conference.

In addition, the entire event will be climate neutral. That means that the volume of emissions generated by the conference will be estimated and offset by a contribution to a wind farm project in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Further information: www.freiburg-konferenz.de

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