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17-11-2009

What is at stake in Copenhagen? - Climate Change Forum on Friday, 20 November

This Friday, 20 November, John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, and Erik Hammarskjöld of the Swedish Presidency of the EU will be joined by Tom Arnold of Concern, Mary Kelly of the IPA and Cristian Dominguez Noco of the Bolivian Confederation of Working Farmers for a forum on Climate Change entitled 'What is at stake in Copenhagen?'  The Forum will take place at the European Parliament Office on Molesworth Street in Dublin and will begin at 9am.

Climate Change Forum: What is at stake in Copenhagen?

The programme for the forum will be as follows:

SESSION I
The Moral Imperative of Climate Change for Developing Countries
Chair: Gay Mitchell MEP

9.05     The impact of Climate Change on developing countries
            Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern
9.25     Witnessing Climate Change in Bolivia
            Cristian Dominguez Noco, Bolivian Confederation of Working Farmers
9.45     Discussion

SESSION II
Climate Change Challenges for Ireland
Chair: Liz McManus TD

10.00   Ireland's mitigation challenge in the period to 2020
            Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA
10.20   Climate Change and Agriculture: A unique challenges for Ireland?
            Michael Barry, Director, Irish Dairy Industries Association
11.00   Break

SESSION III
EU Ambitions at Copenhagen
Chair: Paul Cunningham, Environment Correspondent, RTÉ

11.15   Ireland's priorities at Copenhagen
            John Gormley TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage & Local Government
11.25   Two weeks before Copenhagen - a Presidency perspective
Erik Hammarskjöld, Ambassador for International Environmental Issues, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister of Environment
Discussants: Nessa Childers MEP and Sean Fleming TD.
12.30   Conclusion
This forum is being jointly organised by the European Parliament Office in Ireland, the Swedish Embassy in Ireland and the Institute of International and European Affairs.



For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu .