Wold in flux - the forgotten billions
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Dialogue forums 2009/2010 "World in flux"

The forgotten billions

The state of the world economy dominates the media, politics, and the public debate. As a consequence, important issues of global significance are all too easily pushed to the sidelines. These include international development policy, the growing levels of poverty in many countries, and climate change. Especially in a time of reorientation, however, we must not lose sight of these topics.

Agenda 21 and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals have long provided us with guidelines for sustainable development. These must be taken into account when adopting measures to overcome the worldwide economic crisis. In the dialogue forums “World in flux – The forgotten billions”, we will highlight these global challenges and discuss possible solutions.

The forthcoming 2009/2010 dialogue forum series will be the fifth of its kind hosted in Munich by the Munich Re Foundation. Five evening sessions will provide a platform for more than 100 participants to learn about the facts and backgrounds through open dialogue. High-ranking experts will discuss opportunities for sustainable solutions, and clarify common misconceptions. Rather than exchanging conflicting views in contentious debates, our aim is to highlight interdependencies and raise awareness.

Thursday, 26 November 2009, 7.00 p.m. Opening event
The forgotten billions - Development targets in the crisis? 
        
Prof. Franz Josef Radermacher
Globalisation expert, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing at Ulm University and Vice-President of the Ecosocial Forum Europe, Ulm
Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Environmental policy and climate expert, Co-Chair of the UNEP Resource Panel and Founding President of the Wuppertal Institute, Emmendingen
          
Facilitator: Dr. Hans Dembowski, Editor in Chief of D+C Development and Cooperation
Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 7.00 p.m. The outcome of the World Climate Summit - Icy times for climate protection?
 
Prof. Mojib Latif
Head of Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, Kiel
Klaus Milke
Board Chairman of Germanwatch, Bonn
Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam
   
Facilitator: Dr. Hans Dembowski, Editor in Chief of D+C Development and Cooperation
Thursday, 25 February 2010, 7.00 p.m. Microfinance - A way out of the poverty trap?
  
Dr. Bernd Balkenhol
Head of the Social Finance Programme of the International Labour Organization, Geneva
Martin Godemann
Manager Group Finance, ProCredit Holding AG, Frankfurt
Johannes Majewski
Advisor Financial Systems Development at the GTZ (German Association for Technical Cooperation), Eschborn
 
Facilitator: Dr. Hans Dembowski, Editor in Chief of D+C Development and Cooperation
Thursday, 18 March 2010,
7.00 p.m.
Consuming at the expense of others – Growth at any cost?
 
Prof. Franz-Theo Gottwald
Theologian, philosopher and Director of the Schweisfurth Foundation, Munich
Prof. Edda Müller
German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer, former Head of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, Berlin
Prof. Johannes Wallacher
Professor of Social Sciences and Economic Ethics, Institute for Social and Development Studies at the Munich School of Philosophy, Munich
 
Facilitator: Dr. Hans Dembowski, Editor in Chief of D+C Development and Cooperation
Thursday, 29 April 2010, 7.00 p.m. Development 2.0 – The crisis as an opportunity!
 
Dr. Axel Berg
President of EUROSOLAR Germany, Bonn
Dr. Michael Menhart
Chief Economist at Munich Re, Munich
Dr. Imme Scholz
Vice Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn
 
Presenter: Dr. Hans Dembowski, Editor in Chief of D+C Development and Cooperation


 

Venue
Munich Re Forum
Gedonstr. 10
80802 Munich
Germany