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2018 - How to Solve the Climate Crisis?

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum addressed climate change with Al Gore as keynote speaker on 11 December 2018.

How to solve the Climate Crisis? Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018

How to solve the Climate Crisis? Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018

News alert: Earth Day Climate Communiqué issued by Nobel Peace Prize Forum Climate Leaders


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) issued an alarming report on the risks of a global warming increase above 1.5°C. Released in October 2018, the report stressed 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 warned 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 had 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.


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Keynote speaker Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate


From left to right in the picture below:

Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO

Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Director of Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University

Dr. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Head of the Sustainable Finance Division of Nordea Bank, Norway

Professor Ricarda Winkelmann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


Bjørn Hallvard Samset, Research Director at CICERO, Center for Climate Research


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 brought 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 used 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.