Climate change event

50 days before COP21

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Friday 9 October 2015, 18:00-20:30 : “It’s not easy being green !”

Alliance française de Manchester

55 Portland St, Manchester, M1 3HP.

La COP21 est la plus importante conférence sur le climat ; elle aura lieu en Décembre à Paris. À cette occasion, l’AF vous invite à participer à son “Green Weekend” afin d’en apprendre plus sur les défis environnementaux qui nous attendent.

Nous vous invitons dans nos locaux le vendredi 9 octobre à comprendre les problèmes environnementaux actuels et les enjeux des négociations grâce aux explications de M. Caminade et M. Chin-Yee.

Position : Dr Cyril Caminade, research associate, University of Liverpool, UK

Title of the talk : Impact of climate change on health

Summary :
Climate change is considered to be one of the greatest threats to human health by the World Health Organisation. It directly impacts our health through changes in frequency of extreme events, such as floods, heatwaves, tropical cyclones, and through sea level rise, which is a serious issue for those who live in lowland coastal regions. It also has several indirect effects on our health, through its impact on air quality, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, and the severity and spread of infectious diseases. This presentation will review recent scientific advances in our understanding of the effects of climate change on human and animal health, the overall challenges we will have to face in the near future, and potential solutions to these problems.

Quick biography :
Cyril Caminade originally trained as a physicist. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD in climatology by the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, in which he discussed climate variability and droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa. In early 2008, he moved to the University of Liverpool to study the impact of climate variability and climate change on several key vector-borne diseases, such as Malaria, Rift Valley Fever, plague, bluetongue and on invasive vector species such as the Asian tiger mosquito.

Participation : vendredi 9 octobre 2015.

Position : Simon Chin-Yee, doctoral researcher, University of Manchester, UK

Title of talk : Africa’s Road to Paris : Challenges, Strategies and Expectations in the Climate Negotiations

Summary :
Over the past twenty-five years, progress in implementing effective international agreements on climate change has come under criticism from a multitude of sources. However, with the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) for climate change due to take place at the end of the year, 2015 is shaping up to be a potentially transformative year for the global climate regime. Africa’s path to COP21 is distinctive for numerous reasons. In recent years, African countries have attempted to make visible efforts to move away from the history of crises that have paralyzed political and socio-economic development. However, this has been hampered by several climate-related impacts, including drought, failing crops, unpredictable weather patterns and rising temperatures. The resulting economic instability has led to large-scale migration and displacement of communities and conflict over declining resources. Climate change adversely affects the most vulnerable in society. Examining the relationship that African countries have with the rest of the global climate regime will help us understand the processes behind the climate negotiations. At COP21, we need to see a more open, flexible and contingent side of the climate regime ; a regime that is prepared to stand up to the challenge of implementing a binding international climate agreement. The extent to which the global climate regime embraces the concerns and needs of African countries will be the measure of its success.

Quick biography :
Simon Chin-Yee is a Ph.D. scholar in the Politics Department in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. The key objective of his research is to examine how climate change mitigation and adaptation policies are developed in Africa to gain an understanding of what drives climate change strategies and the role that international institutions and regimes have on national policy. His research is cross-disciplinary, intertwining the social and natural sciences. Simon has almost 10 years of experience working on projects centred in or on Africa, predominantly for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and has worked extensively for regional bodies, such as the United Nations, economic zones and research institutes that work to create inclusivity amongst the different regions of Africa.

Participation : vendredi 9 octobre 2015.

Amandine Scherrer, chercheur associée au Centre d’Etudes sur les Conflits, Liberté et Sécurité (CCLS), et coordinatrice des activités de recherche du Centre for Citizenship, Identities & Governance (CCIG) animera cette conférence.

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