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Reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment: what are the innovative solutions?

June 27th-28th, 2011, Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France

Partner: Agence française de Développement (French Development Agency)

Sponsorship: French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry

Associated partners: IUCN, WBCSD, IDGM (IDDRI-FERDI), Chair HEC Social Business, Enterprise and Poverty

In a world where:

•Poverty and environmental damage increasingly go hand in hand throughout the world...

•The global population could reach 9 billion, including 2 billion in Africa...

•There is a need to intensify the fight against poverty so that each man and woman can have access to food, education, housing, medical care and essential goods: water, energy, electricity...

•All the more since the environmental degradation will affect the most vulnerable first.

•The Conference will provide an opportunity to:

•Raise awareness regarding the new constraints and opportunities resulting from a combined analysis of poverty and the environment.

•Share concrete experiences in various geographical, economic and political contexts that have made reconciling poverty eradication and quality of the environment possible.

•Provide a platform for an in-depth dialogue between governments, decision-makers, scientific experts, NGOs, businesses, multilateral institutions, and representatives of civil society.

•Promote more extensively quality scientific research and field experience so that those who are interested in dialogue and are in search of clear guidelines can be provided with sounder factual foundations.

With the exceptional participation of Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize, Founder, Green Belt Movement and Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Economist, Harvard University.

And many other high-level speakers such as: David Bresch, Head Sustainability and Risk Management,Swiss Re; Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO, Veolia Environnement; Philippe Kourilsky, Professor, Collège de France; Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission, Republic of South Africa; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director general, IUCN; Maria Nowak, President ADIE, President European Microfinance Network; Ismail Serageldin, Director, Biblioteca Alexandria; Bjorn Stigson, President, WBCSD; Kandeh Yumkella, Director general, UNIDO; Dov Zerah, Director General, Agence Française de Développement, etc.

See the presentation note and draft program (pdf - 169Ko) : http://www.institut.veolia.org/ive/ressources/documents/2/526,Presentation-Conference-Poverty-Envi.pdf

See the promotional flyer (pdf - 2.9Mo) : http://www.institut.veolia.org/ive/ressources/documents/2/527,flyer-vgb.pdf

For further information about the programme, practical details and registration, see the dedicated website of the conference www.poverty-environment.org