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Climatic changes - appeal for justice!

On the 11th November, 2008 in the European Parliament in Brussels there was organized a conference on climatic changes „A global contract based on climate justice". The organizers: the Ecosocial Forum Europe together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research invited to the debate the members of European Commission, European Parliament, World Trade Organization and international research centers.

In response to the manifold challenges of climate change the Ecosocial Forum Europe, together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and a multi-party group of Members of the European Parliament, among them Jens Holm, Othmar Karas, Jo Leinen, Caroline Lucas, Vittorio Prodi and Anders Wijkman, have decided to organise a high-level conference with the goal of influencing the international climate negotiations. The goal of the conference is to create a stimulating environment for dialogue in order to inform Members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders such as civil society, public institutions and the business and financial sector of the necessity for a Global Contract based on climate justice.

The subject of the meeting was - apart from presenting economic and social impact of climatic change - to emphasize the need of decisive and joint action as well as creating favourable conditions for dialogue between members of the European Parliament, public institutions and the business and financial sector. Special attention was paid to equal treating of all countries as regards climatic issue and emission of detrimental gases. In particular strong influence of the most polluting countries on environmental policy was criticized.

The meeting in Brussels precedes United Nations Framework Convention on Climatic Change in Poznań and the summit meeting planned for the next year in Copenhagen. (E.P.)


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