Introducing #TransatlanticLab 2018 | Climate

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Day 2 will focus on Climate. Besides the participation to the Transatlantic Freedom Forum,  the ELF delegation will be busy with a "World Climate Simulation" and will conclude the day with a networking reception with US participants, organised in cooperation with the United States Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association. The topic of the reception will be "Approaches towards Secure and Inclusive Cities".

ALDE CoR President, Bart Somers, will intervene in the panel "Local and Regional Approaches to tackle Climate Change" and will later address the delegation during the networking reception.

The topics of the day

Climate change is undoubtably one of the great challenges of our time. Increased temperatures, rising sea levels, changes in precipitation, and more frequent or intense extreme events are some of the many symptoms that we are experiencing all around the globe. In the recent years it was thus often argued that climate change would need to be tackled on a global level. Do you agree? Are current solutions proposed by the international community appropriate and effective to answer to this extraordinary challenge? Climate change affect individuals and groups differently, how would you say does it affect the EU and the US in particular?

Subnational authorities are not only ultimately responsible for making policy a reality, however over the recent decades many cities and regions have started their own initiatives and created approaches towards climate change that exceed the ambitions of national governments. Do you think this development fits the global state of play in climate change? What role does the subnational level play on a global/transatlantic scale? What are the opportunities at the local and regional level to help tackling climate change?

Major cities and towns around the globe are increasingly becoming targets for a wide range of threats, ranging from terrorism, violent crime to natural disasters and other emergencies. How can city authorities protect their citizens and ensure quick and effective responses to potential threats and criminal acts? How can they do that without compromising the city’s budget too much?

Urbanization has been one of the most significant driving forces of recent global development. More than half of the worlds population lives in cities and the number is growing. How can we make sure that tomorrows cities provide opportunities for everybody? How can cities create opportunities for a better life and act as an engine of prosperity and economic growth?

 

28. Jun 2018 by Intern

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