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03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migration

Breakout / Global power
in englischer Sprache

Around 250 million people are currently living outside their country of birth, of whom more than 25 million are refugees. The causes include the consequences of climate change and resulting food shortages. How successful is cooperation within international agreements that seek to find solutions to these challenges?

Speaker, Consultant, Human Rights Activist, Berlin
Coordinator, UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn
Executive Director, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
Director, Brussel's Office, Institut Jacques Delors; Former Director, WWF European Policy Office, Brussels
Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
President and Chief Executive Officer, AtKisson Inc., Seattle WA Chair

Futuma Musa AFRAH

Speaker, Consultant, Human Rights Activist, Berlin

 - Bachelor in Development Studies,Mount Kenya University, Nairobi, Kenya
 - Diploma in Project Management, Atlas College, Nairobi, Kenya
 - Diploma in community Development and Counselling, Mombasa Polytechnic University College, Mombasa, Kenya
2007 Translator (Somali-English), manured Law Court, Mandera, Kenya
2008 Food Distribution Field Supervisor, Consortium of Cooperating Partners, Duties and Responsibilities
2009-2010 Save the children, child protection Dadaab Refugee camp, Kenya
2011-2012 Protection Officer, Intersom Relief Aid and Aid Vision, Mogadishu, Somalia
2012-2014 Social worker, Terre Des Hommes, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya
since 2014 Voluntary work in refugee camps (empowerment workshops, speeches, translation for Newcomers, get together events with Newcomers and the host community)
since 2015 Keynote and motivational speaker
Freelance consultant, nationally and internationally (focus areas: integration of Newcomers into the labour market, community building, women and human rights, empowerment, project monitoring and evaluation, gated communities)
since 2016 Project work with compassorange GmbH (Focus areas: Refugees/Newcomers, integration and diversity)
 Areas of Work
 - Consulting in the field of diversity, integration, Newcomers/refugees, women empowerment, human rights, project evaluation, community building, child protection, gated communities
 - Speaker (keynote and motivational), topics related to Newcomers/refugees, integration, empowerment of Newcomers, gated community, political activism


Coordinator, UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn

2000-2002 Policy Adviser (Richard Balfe, MEP, Quaestor), The European Partliament, Brussels/Strasbourg
2002-2004 External Relations Officer, Immunization and Vaccine Development Unit, WHO South-East Asia Region, World Health Organisation, Geneva
2005-2009 Senior (Political) Strategist, Stop TB Partnership, WHO, Geneva
2010-2011 International Adviser, Tobacco Free Initiative, WHO Indonesia, Jakarta
since 2011 Coordinator, UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn


Executive Director, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen

 Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964.
 Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at the University Catholique de Louvain.
 He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Canisius College and Wageningen University.
 From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Dr Bruyninckx has also been a senior member of the interdisciplinary Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO).
 Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He was responsible for research in the domains of policy evaluation, monitoring and reporting, methodology development, environmental policy integration, and more recently also on long-term transition policies. His experience pertains to the level of the regions (Flanders in a comparative European perspective), the EU Member States, the EU level, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and processes of global environmental governance (climate change in particular).
 His academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. From this perspective he has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice. He has taught courses on the topics of global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance.
 Dr Bruyninckx was involved in numerous policy processes as an advisory board member, involved in steering groups of government agencies, and as academic policy advisor to governmental agencies and other key actors. In addition, he has worked intensely with civil society and business actors, in support of public-private initiatives or private regulatory approaches to environmental, climate change and sustainability issues. Furthermore, he was president of the board of Bond Beter Leefmilieu (The Association for a Better Environment), a Flemish umbrella organisation bringing together many different environmental groups.
 Dr Bruyninckx speaks fluent English, French and German in addition to his native Flemish. During his career he has conducted research in more than a dozen different countries.
 He is a keen sailor as well as an outdoor and sports enthusiast.

Genevieve PONS

Director, Brussel's Office, Institut Jacques Delors; Former Director, WWF European Policy Office, Brussels

1989-1991 Member, Environment Team, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels
1991-1995 Member, Cabinet of the President, European Commission, Brussels
1995-2010 Senior Manager, Head of several units, Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, Brussels
2010-2011 Head, Simplification and Administrative Burden Reduction Unit, Secretary-General, European Commission, Brussels
since 2011 Honorary Director, European Commission, Brussels
2011-2013 Judge, Administrative Court of Appeal, Paris
2013-2015 Director, Legal Service, ILO - International Labour Organization, Geneva
2015-2017 Director, WWF European Policy Office, Brussels
since 2017 Director, Institut Jacques Delors, Brussel's Office


Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

1988-1989 Assistant to the Director, Austrian Farmers' Union, Vienna
1989-1997 Member, Cabinet of Austrian Federal Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Franz Fischler, Wilhelm Molterer, Vienna
1993-1994 Member, Negotiation team on expert level for the agriculture chapter of the Austrian accession negotiations to the European Union
1995-2002 Head, EU-Coordination Unit, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna; Austrian Spokesman, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998 President, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998-2002 Deputy Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
2002-2007 Director General, Department Agriculture and Nutrition, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
2006 Head, National delegation, Council of Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
2007-2013 Director for Rural Development and Agriculture Finances, General Secretariat, Council of the European Union, Brussels
since 2013 Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
since 2017 President, Union of European Federalists Austria, Vienna


President and Chief Executive Officer, AtKisson Inc., Seattle WA

 Alan AtKisson, President & CEO of AtKisson Inc., has been working at the forefront of sustainability since 1988 to empower and inspire individuals, communities, corporations, and governments. He writes books and articles, develops strategies, creates planning methods, trains professionals, and writes music, among other innovative approaches - all aimed at helping people transform complex systems. Visit Alan's personal website:
 In 2013, Alan was inducted into The Sustainability Hall of Fame by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals in recognition for his pioneering work in establishing sustainability consulting as a profession, and for the inspiration he has provided to hundreds of other professionals around the world.

Political Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 16:00Professional Programme “Our World’s Future”Partner
13:00 - 16:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
13:00 - 16:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner


07:00 - 10:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
07:00 - 10:00Devil’s diplomacyPartner
08:00 - 10:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
08:00 - 09:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
12:00 - 14:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
15:00 - 16:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


06:30 - 07:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
10:30 - 12:00Lunch receptionBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrativeBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
15:30 - 17:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
17:30 - 19:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


07:00 - 10:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary