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IPCC, UNESCO and UNEP-Risoe Centre to Address the European Science Foundation Conference on Global Change

European Science Foundation November: The second European Science Foundation (ESF)

Science Policy Conference and Assembly will be held from 26-28 November 2008, in

Stockholm, Sweden, and will be organized around the theme “Global Challenges

and the Need for Cooperation: Lessons Learnt from Global Change.”

The ESF is an association of 77 member organizations devoted to scientific research in 30

European countries that coordinates pan-European scientific initiatives. The

Conference aims to provide generalized lessons learnt from global change

research for policy making. Participants will discuss global research

cooperation, including examples of large-scale cooperation and ways to promote

it, expectations from the research community in meeting the global challenges,

and the response of research institutions to global research challenges of an

interdisciplinary nature.

Special Conference sessions will be devoted to

experiences in addressing global challenges in other research fields such as

medicine, food and food security, and astronomy. Several speakers from UN

institutions will address the conference, including: Joyeeta Gupta, UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Water

Education; John Christensen, UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on

Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development; and Jean-Pascal van Ypersele,

Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). [Conference

Programme]