Nobel Peace Prize Forum
How to Solve the Climate Crisis? The 2018 Forum addresses climate change with Al Gore as keynote speaker.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018 is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize – Research and Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo.
The Forum 2018 invites international dialogue on “How to Solve the Climate Crisis?”. Engaging with some of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts, the Forum aims to involve the public in the struggle against one of the most severe threats to peace and prosperity.
Eleven years after Mr. Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and almost three years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued an alarming report on the risks of a global warming increase above 1.5°C. Released in 8 October 2018, the report stresses the disastrous consequences of what a 2°C increase would mean compared to a 1.5°C increase. The deceptively small difference between these two temperature increases obscures a predicted 10 cm rise in sea levels, severe Arctic sea ice decrease, and a loss of 99% of the Earth’s coral reefs. With carbon emission levels on the rise, the IPCC warns that “rapid and far-reaching” action is needed in order to keep global warming levels at 1.5°C.
The urgency of this problem cannot be overstated, nor can the need for continued dialogue about the solutions to the climate crisis. The Norwegian Nobel Institute has the great pleasure of welcoming back to Oslo Al Gore, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former U. S. Vice-President, on 11 December at the University Aula.
Keynote speaker Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO
Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Dr. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Head of the Sustainable Finance Division of Nordea Bank, Norway
Professor Katharine Hayhoe, professor of political science at Texas Tech University
Bjørn Hallvard Samset, Research Director at CICERO, Center for Climate Research
This event is by invitation only. For those seeking to be invited, an application list will open on 2 November. A link will be posted on this webpage.
Press information will be posted soon and registration for press accreditation will open on 1 November.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum will invite its global audience to take part in the discussion by tweeting their #ClimateQuestions2018 to @NPPFOslo from 11 October until 1 December. Questions submitted to the Forum’s Twitter account will be compiled and given to our panellists. Tune in to see if your question made the debate. For the latest updates from the Forum, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Nobelinstiuttet
We will live stream the Forum through Nobel Media, and NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, will broadcast it live. Tune in at www.nobelprize.org, or on YouTube. We will post a link to this on Facebook @nobelprize and @nobelinstiuttet
Following his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2007, Al Gore redoubled his commitment to fighting climate change by investing the peace prize money back into his ‘Climate Reality Project’. The Project aims to raise public awareness in order to leverage global momentum for the preservation of the earth’s ecosystems. Since 2006, Gore and his team have held 38 Climate Leadership Training seminars. By training ordinary citizens to effectively communicate the dangers of climate change and its countermeasures, the Climate Reality Project has amplified its message to reach a vast global audience. In 2017, Mr. Gore released An Inconvenient Sequel, a follow-up to his Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Indeed, a more seminal figure in the campaign to save the climate would be hard to find.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is made possible by generous support from its title partner, 5th Element Group PBC. “We are grateful to be part of this important convening,” said 5th Element Chairman Vincent Molinari, “because our work to create new instruments for impact investment toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals aligns closely with efforts to protect against and prevent catastrophic climate change.” The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is also supported by event partners Peace Through Commerce and New Generation Power International. President of Peace Through Commerce, Phyllis Blees, describes this year’s topic as “a vital examination of the connections between climate change, global security, peace and prosperity.” Chairman of New Generation Power, Chirinjeev Kathuria, noted his company’s commitment to delivering clean, renewable energy and the importance of this Forum to “educate, innovate and elevate solutions to solving the climate crisis in time.”
On 12 December the Nobel Peace Prize Forum will bring together a congress of select experts to further discuss the consequences of climate disruption, including conflicts over natural resources, human and arms trafficking and the need for collaborative action from governments, business, industry and communities, at all levels, to solve the climate crisis in time as matter of international peace and security. Day 2 of the Forum will use the discussions from Day 1 and questions posed by our international audience as a backdrop. The outcome of this event will be published on this website.