Past Event

2008 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Development in the Balance – How Will the World’s Poor Cope with Climate Change?

Friday, August 01 - Sunday, August 03, 2008

Global poverty and climate change are two of the most pressing challenges for global policymakers today, and require policy prescriptions that address their interrelated issues. Effective climate solutions must empower development by improving livelihoods, health and economic prospects while poverty alleviation must become a central strategy for both mitigating emissions and reducing the poor’s vulnerability to climate change.

2008 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Related Materials
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In its fifth annual gathering, led by Lael Brainard and co-chaired by Strobe Talbott and Richard C. Blum, the Brookings Blum Roundtable addressed the challenges of climate change and development and convened leaders from both the development and climate change communities from August 1-3, 2008, to discuss and debate policy ideas that could benefit both fronts. By examining common challenges—accountability, effective deployment of resources, agenda-setting, mobilizing the public and financial resources, and achieving scale and sustainability—the Roundtable established a solid foundation for collaboration among the climate change and development communities and fostered ideas for policy action.

Keynote Sessions

Keynote Panel: “Noble Nobels: Solutions to Save the Planet”

  • Steven Chu, University of California, Berkeley
  • Al Gore, Generation Investment Management; 45th Vice President of the United States

Keynote Panel: Legal Empowerment of the Poor

  • Mary Robinson, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
  • Madeline Albright, The Albright Group; Former U.S. Secretary of State

Keynote Panel: “How Do We Achieve Climate Justice?”

  • Kumi Naidoo, CIVICUS and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty
  • Mary Robinson, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative