4 July 2008, U Thant HallThe one-day symposium brings together some of the world's leading scientists and writers on environmental issues, including ground breaking thinkers whose work and research are at the intersection of science, policy making and communications, and invite them to examine how our thinking needs to change if we are to collectively take on the myriad challenges presented by global warming. The symposium will feature among others Dr. James E. Hansen from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Prof. Gwyn Prins, Director of the Mackinder Centre at the London Schools of Economic and Political Science, Prof David Sanborn Scott, from the University of Victoria, and Dr. Alex Evans from the Centre on International Cooperation at New York University as well as Bill McKibben, noted author, educator and environmentalist (Via video connection from Beijing); Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU new Vice-Rectors, who will enter in function on July 1st and August 1st respectively, will also participate in the event.
A Low-Carbon World: Pathways to a Global Deal with David Steven, River Path Associates
Activities on CO2 Reduction in the Automotive Industry Toshio Hirota, General Manager, Technology Planning Department, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
Chinese Perspectives on Climate Change: What We Care About and How We Can Act with Yu Dawei, Senior Writer, Caijing Magazine
Discussion/Question and Answer Session Chair: Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, UNU
Discussion/Question and Answer Session. Chair: Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector-designate, Commentator: Toru Ishii, Senior Environment Correspondent, Asahi Shimbun
Discussion/Question and Answer Session. Chair: Kazuhiko Takeuchi, UNU Vice-Rector
Establishing Low-Carbon Japan as a Contribution to Future Development with Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Advisor, National Institute for Environmental Studies
Keynote Address - Climate Threat to the Planet: Implications for Energy Policy with James E. Hansen, Head, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Multilateral Arrangements for Managing Global Scarcity Issues including Climate Change, Energy, Land, Food and Water with Alex Evans, Centre on International Cooperation, New York University
Opening Remarks with Ryutaro Yatsu (Ministry of Environment, Japan) & Konrad Osterwalder (Rector, UNU)
The G8 Challenge: From Kyoto to Hokkaido with Gwyn Prins, Director, Mackinder Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe David Sanborn Scott, Founding Director, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria and Vice-President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy
The Most Important Number: Building an International Consensus with Bill McKibben, author, educator and environmentalist (via video connection from Beijing)
What’s in a Number: The Folly of Carbon Emission Targets and Timetables with Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, Breakthrough Institute