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Wed 4 Jun 2008, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Emma Timewell

World Environment Day lecture by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The transition to a low-carbon global economy will be challenging, but is possible. It will require well-coordinated, effective, creative, far reaching and equitable policies, both globally and at the national and sub-national levels.

In this talk, Achim Steiner will examine some of the key challenges facing the global community as it seeks to build a more intelligent development trajectory for the 21st century - one that at its heart factors in the real economic costs and opportunities of better environmental management of the Earth's nature-based resources and natural assets including as they relate to energy and global greenhouse gas emissions.

The question of agriculture and issue of biofuels are among those challenges and opportunities as they relate to food security; livelihoods and options for a far less carbon-intensive future for the six, rising to nine billion people in this world.

Achim Steiner has been Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since June 2006. Prior to this he was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

He has degrees in philosophy, political science and economics from the University of Oxford, and in economics and regional planning from the University of London. He has been a visiting scientist at the German Development Institute in Berlin and at Harvard Business School.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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