Annual Meeting 2008: The Human Face of Climate Change

The Global Humanitarian Forum will hold its first Annual Meeting 2008 on 24–25 June 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 has 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 will pool the expertise and experience of an uncommon combination of leading people from across sectors. They will work 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 will place 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,

Meeting Programme

The Annual Meeting will address more than a dozen broad topics. Its format consists of plenary sessions and a series of highly interactive roundtables.

Information for Participants

Participation is by invitation only and is limited to a maximum of
250 people.

Information for the Media

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

Why we have to
act now

Kofi Annan

President of the Forum

Ivan Pictet

Vice-President of the Forum's Board

Rajendra K. Pachauri

Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dean Hirsch

President and CEO,
World Vision International

Blaise Godet

Permanent Representative of the Swiss Confederation to the UN Office at Geneva

Barbara Stocking

Director, Oxfam GB