7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Climate Change

Lisbon, 7-9 November 2007.

Among others, topics discussed at EDD 2007 included growth and mitigation, poverty and urbanisation, and the preservation of global public goods.

The consensus was that while acting now may be costly, the cost of inaction is far greater. The special address from former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan was the most memorable moment of the forum. Annan emphasised the immediate, all-encompassing and universal challenge that climate change poses.

We are all bound together as human beings. If we remain indifferent to the suffering of others, we are only depriving ourselves of our own humanity. We need to act together as humanity, for humanity. And now is the time.
Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and President of the Global Humanitarian Forum