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Annual Meeting 2008: The Human Face of Climate Change

The Global Humanitarian Forum held its first Annual Meeting on 24–25 June 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the aftermath of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis and in view of the ongoing global food crisis, the Forum’s President Kofi Annan called together 300 leaders from all sectors of society worldwide to urgently address what he calls “the human face of climate change”: the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations affected by ever violent storms, drought and floods.

The Annual Meeting 2008 pooled the expertise and experience of an uncommon combination of leading people from across sectors. They worked to develop creative solutions and boost action to meet the urgent needs of those worst affected by climate change.

In solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable, the Meeting placed climate justice high on the agenda as the guiding principle in the international response to climate change and as the basis for any future global climate agreement.

Date/Time: Tuesday 24 June 09.20 – Wednesday 25 June 13.00
Venue: Hotel Intercontinental Geneva ; 7– 9 Chemin du Petit Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland

Phone +41 22 919 39 39, Fax +41 22 919 32 39, www.intercontinental.com/geneva

Meeting Programme

The Annual Meeting addressed more than a dozen specific topics. Its format consistsed of plenary sessions and a series of highly interactive roundtables.

Registration for Participants

Registration closed on Friday, 20 June. With some 300 participants the Annual Meeting 2008 was fully booked.

Information for the Media

Accredited media representatives were welcome to attend all plenary sessions. The roundtable sessions were restricted to invited participants.