23-24 June 2009
Human Impact of Climate Change

A world where the full potential of the global society
is harnessed for eradicating human suffering.

Full Programme
2009 Forum Programme (pdf, 2.78 MB)

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Opening  Plenary
Mr. Annan's Opening Remarks (pdf, 22 KB)

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The Annual Forum is a unique international platform with a mission to engage and inspire pioneering leaders and top experts to build a stronger global humanitarian community.

The objectives are to bring leading people who do not usually work side-by-side together to define policy for the future; to trigger new collective action; and to raise awareness.

The 2009 Forum takes the form of a two-day international conference held in Geneva. The cutting-edge programme of debates and interactive sessions covers more than 20 areas exploring the human face of climate change, and is designed by key partners from the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Debates are complemented by networking and workshops delivered by world-leading experts.


The 2009 Forum is entitled “Human Impact of Climate Change: New Challenges for Humanitarianism and Sustainable Development”.

The event is divided into four main topic areas as follows:

  • Climate Displaced People
  • Adapting to Climate Impacts
  • Post-Kyoto: Copenhagen and beyond
  • New frontiers: evolving response

Over the course of 2 full days, the event’s 400 senior international participants are actively engaged in a range of highly interactive sessions. Sessions are moderated by independent facilitators. The entire event is convened and chaired by the Forum’s President, Kofi Annan.



Over 400 leaders, senior figures and experts from across the global society will attend the two-day event.

The Forum aims at a strong participation of women, as well as of representatives of developing countries, which receive sponsorship if necessary. Youth participation is organized in association with the Forum’s own Youth Forum, held immediately prior to the annual forum, and in collaboration with partner organizations.

Attendance at the 2009 Forum is on personal invitation only. The majority of the 2009 Forum event is made available via live webcast on this site.

The Forum works with the following partners on various aspects of the 2009 Forum programme development:

  • Agence Médecine Préventive
  • Austrian Armed Forces
  • Capacity Building International
  • Demos
  • European Climate Foundation
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Global Forum for Health Research
  • Graduate Institute Geneva (HEID)
  • Health and Climate Foundation
  • inWEnt
  • IUCN
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives
  • nGenera
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • Optimum Population Trust
  • Oxfam GB
  • Swiss Re
  • The Center for International Environment Law (CIEL)
  • The International Council on Human Rights Policy
  • The International Rescue Committee (The IRC)
  • The International Research Institute for Climate and Society
  • TERI
  • UNEP
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization



 Copenhagen Architecture (pdf, 73 KB)

Climate Change and Human Rights (pdf, 48 KB)

Tuesday 23 June - PRESS CONFERENCE (pdf, 29 KB)

A New Role for Humanitarian Actors (pdf, 71 KB)

The Antithesis of Sustainable Development (pdf, 73 KB)

Tuesday 23 June - PRESS POINT (pdf, 71 KB)

Managing Displacement (pdf, 70 KB)

Special Needs of Least Developed Countries (pdf, 72 KB)

Financing Urgent Adaptation (pdf, 65 KB)

Supporting and Financing Low Carbon Growth and Development  (pdf, 44 KB)

Climate Change and Global Commons (pdf, 65 KB)

Ensuring a Sustainable Energy Supply for the Poor (pdf, 65 KB)

International Law and Climate‐Displaced People (pdf, 89 KB)

Taking Interdependence Seriously in Addressing Climate Change (pdf, 44 KB)

Improving the Use of the Military in Emergency Response Operations (pdf, 56 KB)

Climate Change and the Impacts on Poor
 (pdf, 49 KB)

Presentation from the Youth Forum of the Global Humanitarian Forum (pdf, 38 KB)

Plenary Reporting - Climate witnesses - President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste's address (pdf, 73 KB)

Leadership for Copenhagen (pdf, 50 KB)

Closing Address (pdf, 36 KB)

Post-Kyoto Demographic Dynamics (pdf, 23 KB)

Nations at Risk: Leaders Debate (pdf, 32 KB)

New Media (pdf, 26 KB)

Health Equity and Climate Change Policy (pdf, 183 KB)


Mr Annan's opening remarks at the 2009
Global Humanitarian Forum
(pdf, 22 KB)

Statement by His Excellency Anote Tong Beretitenti President of the Republic of Kiribati (pdf, 72 KB)

Opening Address - Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Federal Councilor, Minister of Foreign Affairs (pdf, 42 KB)

Mr Aubrey Meyer of the Global Commons Institute   (pdf, 16 KB)

Dr. Margaret Chan Director-General of WHO (pdf, 20 KB)

L. Craig Johnstone:UNHCR and the Human Dimension Climate Change (pdf, 26 KB)

Kofi Annan calls for urgent action to protect world’s citizens from climate change (pdf, 40 KB)


 Mr Annan's closing remarks


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