The Dahrendorf Symposium featured contributions by EU Commissioners Connie Hedegaard and Günther Oettinger, German politicians Cem Özdemir and Norbert Röttgen, Member of the British House of Lords Lord William Wallace of Saltaire, as well as Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the MCC and Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel of UNEP.
Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating impact leant even greater urgency to the past week’s UN Climate Change summit in Warsaw. The ripple effect was also felt at the 2013 Dahrendorf Symposium that took place in Berlin on 14 and 15 November. Scholars, policy makers, and practitioners discussed climate change as not only an environmental problem but one with developmental, economic, social and legal dimensions which must be addressed. Europe is uniquely positioned to take action in the international fight against climate change. During the Symposium, five expert working groups identified key challenges to be overcome if Europe is to step into a leading role.
More information on the event can be found on the Dahrendorf Forum's website.