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What future for the human species? What prospects for the planet? asks upcoming session of 21st Century Dialogues

Leading scientists, experts, philosophers and policy-makers from different regions of the world will examine the future of the human species and the prospects of our planet at the next session of 21st Century Dialogues, organized by UNESCO’s Office of Foresight, at Headquarters in Paris on Saturday 25 November from 9.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. (Room I).

The session will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“Are there limits to growth? Population, resources, energy, development,” will then ask Dominique Voynet, Green Candidate in France’s Presidential elections in 2007; Mostafa K. Tolba, former Executive Director of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) and founder of the International Centre for Environment and Development; and Dennis Meadows, co-author of the Club of Rome’s best-selling report Limits to Growth and President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning, a think tank on the environment and sustainable development.

“Water for all?” will be the subject of discussion by Asit K. Biswas, founder and President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, hydrologist Jean Margat and Syukuro Manabe, one of the fathers of numerical modelling of climate and climate change

“Biodiversity in danger,” the following topic on the agenda, will be addressed by Edward O. Wilson, the entomologist and biologist who invented the concept of “biodiversity”; Francis Hallé, botanist and biologist specialized in the architecture of trees and tropical rainforest ecology; and Belgian ecologist Michel Loreau, chair of the scientific committee of DIVERSITAS.

Saving the planet: consume less to live better? will be the subject of addresses by a leading French environmental advocate Nicolas Hulot; Haroldo Mattos de Lemos, former Secretary for Environmental Affairs of Brazil and President of the Instituto Brasil of the United Nations’ Environment Programme; and Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network.

Finally, “A new ethic of responsibility: towards a natural contract?” will be examined by philosopher Michel Serres, member of the French Academy and Professor at Stanford University; Paul J. Crutzen, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in the field of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry and their role in the biochemical cycles and climate; and Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

The conclusion of this exceptional session of the 21st Century Dialogues will be presented by its coordinator, Jérôme Bindé, Director of the Office of Foresight at UNESCO.

Source Media Advisory N°2006-71
Publication Date 23 Nov 2006
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