IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri to speak at CGIAR Development Dialogues

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural CGIAR Development Dialogues in New York on September 25. The invitation-only event will be live streamed through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) website.

Dr. Pachauri has led the IPCC since 2002 and is associated with multiple academic and research institutes. He is one of the world’s leading climate scientists, with nearly 40 years’ experience in the field.

In a keynote speech at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta in May, Dr. Pachauri said, “The path we need to follow is very clear if the world wants to limit the temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. And that … should be seen as an opportunity, rather than something that will add a burden to different societies across the globe.”

The CGIAR Development Dialogues will bring together about 250 political leaders, scientists, media, funders and other informed stakeholders to explore the contribution of agricultural research to addressing global development challenges.

CIFOR will host Session 4.1 on “Integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses”. Panelists are Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s Minister of the Environment and UNFCCC COP20 president, Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment at University of Manchester, Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, and Christián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The panel, moderated by CIFOR’s Director General Peter Holmgren, will discuss how landscape approaches can lead to sustainable food systems in the face of climate change, population growth and poverty, with the aim of informing policy interventions.

The Dialogues are running alongside the UN General Assembly during Climate Week NYC. The event is supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Visit ForestsTreesAgroforestry.org to learn more.