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2009 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Climate Crisis, Credit Crisis – Overcoming Obstacles to Build a Climate Resilient World

In the midst of a global economic downturn, the world’s climate change negotiators will descend on Copenhagen in December to craft a post-2012 climate regime. But with the timing and impacts of climate change still uncertain—not to mention the ongoing transitions brought about by globalization and the increased cost of capital investment due to weak financial markets—tensions across countries are evident. Policy-makers must now think creatively to realize their goal of revitalizing the global economy through low carbon growth models.

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Climate Crisis

In its sixth annual gathering, led by Kemal Derviş and co-chaired by Strobe Talbott and Richard C. Blum, the Brookings Blum Roundtable convened leaders from the climate change and global development communities from July 30 through August 1, 2009 to discuss and debate policy options to stimulate green, pro-poor growth. By examining the challenges and opportunities policymakers face, the roundtable forged sustainable solutions to solve the climate crisis in a way that revitalizes the global economy and lifts the lives of the poor.

Lunch Briefing: 

“Towards a Global Climate Agreement: Key Insights from Project Catalyst”

    Keynote Sessions:

    “A Blueprint for Transatlantic Climate Cooperation”

      “Compounding Crises: How Can and How Are the Poor Protecting Themselves?”

        “Greening Business: Engaging the Private Sector in Climate Change Solutions”

        • Hal Harvey, ClimateWorks Foundation
        • Thomas Heller, Stanford Law School
        • Moderator: William Antholis, Brookings
        • John Podesta, Center for American Progress
        • Cem Özdemir, German Green Party
        • Moderator: Timothy Wirth, United Nations Foundation
        • Ernest Aryeetey, University of Ghana and Director, Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings
        • Helen Clark, United Nations Development Program
        • Raymond Offenheiser, Oxfam America
        • Moderator: Karen Kornbluh, Center for American Progress
        • Meg McDonald, Alcoa Foundation
        • Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
        • Glenn Prickett, Conservation International
        • Mark Tercek, the Nature Conservancy
        • Agenda

          2009 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Climate Crisis, Credit Crisis - Overcoming Obstacles to Build a Climate Resilient World

          Forty experts gathered for the Brookings Blum Roundtable to discuss the impact of climate change and the global financial crisis on the world's poor. The experts formed recommendations for global leaders as they prepare to meet in Copenhagen in December to address solutions to global climate change.

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