Launch of the 2nd edition of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor: Sept. 26, New York

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DARA, together with the Government of Bangladesh- the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum– will launch the second edition of the Climate Vulnerable Monitor on September 26th in New York. The event will take place in association with TckTckTck.

The updated and much improved edition of the 2010 Monitor will significantly expand the existing evidence base to help shift policy and practice within the climate change domain. The report will highlight climate-related concerns, including carbon-intensive development and climate change impacts, as one of the world’s most serious health threats, drivers of humanitarian disasters, and a principal impediment to development, especially for countries already struggling to attain key international objectives like the Millennium Development Goals.

The Global Launch will feature a presentation & high-level leaders debate with government, international organizations, civil society and business including:

Launch Session:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina
  • Former President of Costa RicaJosé María Figueres
  • UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and Former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland
  • President of Kiribati, Anote Tong
  • President of the Maldives, Mohamed Waheed
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo
  • Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Mohamed Mijarul Quayes
  • Moderated by: TIME Magazine International Senior Editor, Bryan Walsh

Panel Debate Session:

  • Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni
  • Director General of DARA, Ross Mountain /Climate Vulnerability Monitor Editor, Matthew McKinnon
  • World Bank Special Representative for Climate Change, Patrick Verkooijen
  • President of NY Divinity School / Member of the Evangelical Climate Initiative, Paul de Vries
  • Executive Director of TckTckTck Global Campaign for Climate Action, Kelly Rigg
  • Director of HSBC Climate Change Center of Excellence, Nick Robins
  • Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery at BCPR, UNDP, Jo Scheuer
  • Moderated by: Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, Khalid Malik

DARA and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) published the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2010- The State of the Climate Crisis in London and Cancun in December 2010. The groundbreaking report transformed complicated scientific and economic data into accessible and understandable information at the country level on how climate change is affecting people now, how it will evolve over time, and the practical measures that can help minimize the vulnerability and human impact of climate change today and in the coming decades.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum is a global partnership of leaders of countries most vulnerable to climate change actively seeking a firm and urgent resolution to the growing climate crisis.The Climate Vulnerable Forum convenes governments from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific, committed to demonstrating leadership aimed at tackling what for some nations is becoming an existential challenge.

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