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Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Sustainability
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Efforts to curb human-induced climate change and strategies to reverse the loss of biodiversity are often addressed in a fragmented, rather than integrated manner by policy-makers and scientists. How can we develop a shared narrative for action on biodiversity and climate protection within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals? Which instruments can facilitate integrated policy action?

Former Director General, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris
Former Special Adviser to the United Nations; Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
Member, Club of Rome, Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Former Federal President, Republic of Austria; Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna Chair
Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg Chair

Irina BOKOVA

Former Director General, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris

 Irina Bokova is a Bulgarian politician and was the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017. During her political and diplomatic career in Bulgaria, she served, among others, as deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov. She also served as Bulgaria's ambassador to France and to Monaco, and was Bulgaria's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. She was both the first female and the first Southeastern European to head the agency. At UNESCO, Director-General Bokova advocates for gender equality, improved education and preventing funding for terrorism.

Dr. David NABARRO

Former Special Adviser to the United Nations; Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

 Dr Nabarro is a medical doctor, international civil servant and diplomat, who served as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. He also led the UN's response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and previously served as the Special Envoy on Ebola. In September 2016, Dr Nabarro was nominated by the UK to stand for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Nabarro has been appointed as Professor within Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) in 2018.

PhD Kristín Vala RAGNARSDOTTIR

Member, Club of Rome, Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavík

 Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir works on natural resources and their link with the economy, developing indicators for wellbeing economy, circular economy, sustainability indicators for soil, tourism, wellbeing, finding fabric for sustainable communities with focus on food security, and imagining sustainable futures. Her most recent interests are developing an economic framework and impact strategies that aid achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, casting light on corruption in natural resource management, and investigating the direct links between population, food and phosphorous.

Dr. Heinz FISCHER

Former Federal President, Republic of Austria; Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna

 Dr. Heinz Fischer has had an extensive career as a senior representative and policy maker of the Republic of Austria. As Federal Minister of Science and Research and speaker of the Austrian National Assembly for more than 12 years, he was involved extensively in supporting and advancing the country´s scientific, social and cultural development. In 2004 he was elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria. After more than 40 Years in public office and two terms as Federal President he retired in 2016. He was proclaimed Chairman of the Council for the Commemorative Year 2018 by the Federal Government of Austria as well as Co-Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Dr. Pavel KABAT

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

1983 Advanced programme Stochastic Hydrology and Water Resources
1986 Ph.D. in Hydrology, Water Resources and Amelioration
2006-2012 Full Professor and Chair, Earth System Science and Climate Change Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre
2004-2012 Science Director and Programme Council Chair, Dutch National Climate Research Programme; Vice-Chair, Dutch National Climate Facility
2007-2010 Dutch Cabinet Appointed Member of the 'Delta Committee'
2000-2012 Chair of the Board and Director, Wageningen Climate Change and Biosphere Research Centre

Political Symposium

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25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30My Europe – My StoryPartner
15:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in educationPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
13:00 - 14:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
15:00 - 16:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
16:30 - 18:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
16:30 - 18:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
16:45 - 18:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
18:00 - 20:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
18:15 - 19:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politicsPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
11:00 - 12:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
12:30 - 13:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
14:15 - 15:45European Union – Russia: What to do?Plenary
16:15 - 17:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in businessPartner
07:30 - 08:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary