Towards Paris 2015 - the meeting

The meeting

The UNFCCCC XXII Conference of the Parties to be held in Paris in December is an important step to reach an ambitious international agreement to face climate change.

The impacts of the climate crisis will affect everyone, and in particular the most vulnerable people: the helpless and poorest of the world.

Too many actors are waiting for others to engage, while few of them seem to be generously committed to promote environmental justice. The climate crisis makes the case for a common responsibility in front of the whole Creation: a chance for a common commitment of all men of goodwill to improve our behaviour.

With this meeting in Rome, in view of the Paris Conference, we aim to contribute to the discussion on these issues with high level representatives of the Catholic Church, qualified experts and leaders involved in the on-going international negotiations.

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Holy Father Francesco Speech - 2015, sep. 11th udience

I thank Dr. Ronchi and Dr. Caio for introducing this meeting; and I thank all of you for working to organize this international event, dedicated to a theme whose importance and urgency can not be exaggerated. The climate is a common good, now seriously threatened: phenomena such as climate change, global warming and the escalation of extreme weather events demonstrate it.

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Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs - Presentation: What Kind of Agreement Do We Need at COP21?

Presentation of the professor Sachs's speech on: “Challenging the climate crisis and fostering environmental justice” Organized by The Sustainable Development Foundation at Institutum Patristicum Agostinianum, Rome

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E. Ronchi - Opening Speech

Environmental justice is based on two distinct, yet interrelated conditions. The first is a balanced relationship between man and nature, between humanity and the rest of creation. 

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E. Ronchi: Environmental Justice and climte change presentation

Edo Ronchi presentation, president of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, shown during the opening speech of the meeting "Environmental Justice and Climate Change"

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F. Caio - A good company: innovation and responsibility to control the change

The Green Strategy project of the Italian Post Office: focus on digitization to promote social inclusion and protect the environment

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Ismail A.R. ElGizouli - Abstract

The Synthesis Report is the integration of three Working Group Reports of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report (AR5) and was written by 60 authors from the Working Groups.

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Ismail A.R. ElGizouli - Presentation on Environment Justice Climate Change

Presentation of Ismail A.R. ElGizouli's speech, shown during his participation at the international meeting "Environmental Justice and Climate Change

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Sir Nicholas Stern - Entire speech on environmental justice and climate change

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) was established in 2008 to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research. The Centre is hosted jointly by the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

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Sir Nicholas Stern presentation on Environment Justice Climate Change September

Presentation of Sir Nicholas Stern's speech, shown during his participation at the international meeting "Environmental Justice and Climate Change".

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Lamia Kamal-Chaoui - Abstract

On the eve of the SDGs meeting in New York and the COP21 Summit in Paris, it is time to put social and environmental sustainability at the heart of our economies. This is already part of the OECD's credo.

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Enrico Giovannini - Abstract

In September of 2015 the member countries of the UN will approve the new Global Agenda for sustainable development and the related Objectives of Sustainable Development (OSS) to be achieved by 2030. It is a historic event that involves more than the governments all components of society.

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P. Augusto Chendi - Abstract

The climate change involve very heavy consequences, in some cases even harmful, especially in relation to health problems, for whole populations, not only in the more developed regions of the world, but especially for the most vulnerable populations, namely those of the most disadvantaged countries...

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Card. Maradiaga - Social Justice and Climate Change

Why the planet's temperature should not increase more than two degrees? What kind of world we want give to those who come after us? What is the purpose of our life? If we don't ask these basic questions, our concerns regarding ecology unlikely to have important consequences.

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A. Steiner - Entire speech

Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In December of 1972, the crew of the Apollo 17 captured one of the most famous photos in history as they drifted 45,000 kilometres from Earth. “The Blue Marble”, as it is called, depicts our planet - the sunlit contours of the African continent and Indian and Atlantic oceans - suspended delicately in the inky darkness of space.

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José María Vera Villacián: entire speech Environmental Justice and Climate Change

It is a privilege for Oxfam to speak in this meeting. For Oxfam mission climate change is a priority. In our daily work in 90 countries we see its impact in vulnerable communities, the lack of food for millions, the suffering of farmers that can´t cope with a manmade nightmare. When livelihoods are destroyed people are forced to leave their homes in search of a new beginning, risking their lives in their countries or in long journeys across Africa and the Mediterranean. They find walls, fences and too many times lack of solidarity by those states from where global warming comes.

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