Plenary Sessions

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – [video]
h.10:00 – PLENARY HALL – Opening Addresses

Donatella SPANO – SISC President; Maria Helena SEMEDO – FAO Deputy Director-General, Coordinator for Natural Resources; Carlo CARRARO – IPCC, Vice-Chair WG3, FEEM, CMCC, Ca’ Foscari University Venice; Laurence TUBIANA – Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, COP-21, and French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations; Gianluca GALLETTI – Italian Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea

h. 10:45 – PLENARY HALL – Plenary LECTURE – [video]
Martin FRICK – FAO, Director Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure Division

Friday, November 20, 2015 – [video]
h. 09:30 – RED ROOM – 
Margarita ASTRALAGA – IFAD, Director Environment and Climate Division
Introduced by Riccardo VALENTINI – IPCC AR 5 Coord. Lead Author, Tuscia University

h. 16:15 – RED ROOM – Plenary Session – [video]


Martin Frick

Martin FrickMartin Frick is the Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He previously served as the Representative of Germany to the International Organizations in-country, including the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat desertification (UNCCD). Prior to this assignment, he led E3G’s – Third Generation Environmentalists, a leading climate change think tank – Programme Leader for climate diplomacy from November 2010 to June 2012. Dr. Frick has been a German diplomat since 1996.
He served as the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, during the German EU presidency, Dr. Frick was the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. He was also the EU negotiator on resolutions on the right to development and on the human rights situation in Darfur. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Consul and as Deputy Ambassador in post-crisis Albania. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Cabinet Affairs Advisor to German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. 2007 to 2010 Dr. Frick defined the Global Humanitarian Forum’s (set up by former UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan) work on the human face of climate change and on climate justice. Dr. Frick has a PhD in Law from Regensburg University, and a diploma in International Relations from Science Po Strasbourg. He was a senior fellow at Demos, New York as well as a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Martin Frick will give a lecture on: FOOD SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Thursday, November 19, h. 10:45, Red Room)
The agricultural sectors are among the most vulnerable to a changing climate. Climate change will cause crop yields to decline and food prices to rise, and will undermine the livelihoods and food security of the poor – almost 80% of whom live in rural areas and earn a living from agriculture. For many of the world’s poorest individuals and countries, adaptation to climate change is primarily a matter of ensuring food security. Yet the agricultural sectors offer not only a challenge to be addressed, but also an opportunity to be seized. Investments in productive, inclusive and resilient agricultural development can increase the incomes and food security of the poor in the face of a changing climate. This will have the added benefit of improving the health of soils and other natural resources that sequester carbon. The international community must work toward seizing this opportunity in the lead-up to COP21 and beyond.

Margarita Astrálaga

ASTRALAGA Margarita IFAD ECD DirectorMargarita Astrálaga, is the Director of IFAD’s Environment and Climate Division. She joined the team in Rome from Panama where she was UNEP’s Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean. Margarita is a Colombian biologist, specializing in environmental management from the Danish Water Institute, with a Masters in Regional Planning and Development. She has over 25 years of experience in the environment and sustainable development sector, including a wide-range of responsibilities, at the national and international levels. The first part of her career was devoted to the Colombian Environmental Agency and since 1988 she has worked with several international organizations devoted to environmental sustainability from many different perspectives.

Margarita Astrálaga will give a lecture on: WATER RESOURSES, AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE, AN ANALYSIS IN THE RUN-UP OF COP21 (Friday, November 20, h. 09:30, Red Room)




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