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Al Gore to Oslo to address climate change

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, to deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum on “How to Solve the Climate Crisis?”

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 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.

 

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Mr. Gore’s keynote address will be followed by a 60-minute panel discussion between four outstanding scientists and climate change experts. The panel will address the climate crisis and its solutions from different perspectives. Moderated by Bjørn Hallvard Samset, Research Director at the Center for Climate Research, Oslo (CICERO), the panel features Director-General José Graziano de Silva, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Professor Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University; Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Dr. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, former oil market analyst and now head of Sustainable Finance in Nordea Bank, Norway.

“The newly released IPCC Special Report is a sobering read,” Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njølstad says. “It shows that it is far too early to call off the climate crisis. I hope this year’s Forum will help sort out what needs to be done in order to reverse the alarming trends.” University of Oslo Rector Stein Stølen adds, “Climate change can cause social and economic crises with devastating consequences. If we continue to push the boundaries of our planet it will be more difficult to reach the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by UN member countries. We hope that the Forum will create awareness, and introduce solutions from which both individuals and societies can benefit.”

The organizers will invite the Forum’s 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 passed on to the moderator. The panel discussion will be followed by a televised on-stage interview with Mr. Gore by NRK anchor Ole Torp.

The Forum will be live streamed in its entirety on The Nobel Prize’s official Facebook and Twitter pages and broadcast live by NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Company.

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, businesses, industry and communities, at all levels, to solve the climate crisis in time as matter of international peace and security.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a proud part of Oslo Peace Days (5 – 12 December), a collaboration between the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the University of Oslo, the City of Oslo, and the Nobel Peace Center. For more information about the Oslo Peace Days program visit www.oslopeacedays.no and follow @OsloPeaceDays on Facebook.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018 is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize Research & Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo. As in previous years, the Forum will take place on 11 December at The University Aula.

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 International, 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.

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