Climate change and migration on agenda at pre-COP21 conference

Expert panelists spoke at the LSE in the last of a series of Franco-British conferences ahead of COP21

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(L-R: Speakers Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Mary Robinson, Alain Le Roy, Professor Neil Adger)

London, 19 November 2015

On Wednesday 18 November, a group of expert panelists came together at the London School of Economics for the last in a series of Franco-British conferences organised by the French Embassy in the run-up to December’s Paris climate summit (COP21).

The event explored the theme of ‘Climate change and migration to Europe’, and was run jointly by the French Embassy, the European Commission Representation in the UK, the LSE European Institute, the LSE Institute for Global Affairs, and the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Panelists Mary Robinson (President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice), Alain Le Roy (Secretary General of the European External Action Service) and Prof Neil Adger (Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter) spoke about the impact of climate change on fragile populations and the role played by global warming in the mass movement of people into Europe.

Giving the event’s opening remarks, Ambassador Bermann said: “The whole of France is mobilized in the run-up to this landmark meeting for our civilization. We are determined to reach an agreement and we believe that COP21 is on course to become a turning point in the history of climate change.”

Ambassador Bermann also confirmed that the summit will go ahead despite the recent terrorists attacks in Paris. She said: “No country has asked France to postpone the summit.”

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(Ambassador Bermann and Lord Stern)

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and moderator of last night’s event, said: “It’s important to realise the stakes we’re playing for and why the Paris climate summit is so important.”

COP21 will take place at the Paris-Le Bourget site from 30 November to 11 December 2015. 40,000 participants are expected to attend, with 195 countries represented. The expected outcome of the conference is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.

Click here to listen to the podcast of ‘Climate change and migration to Europe’.

Published on 26/11/2015

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