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Keynote address by His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

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“Re-Defining Development, Taking Responsibility for Climate Change: The Challenge to Science and Technology”

Moderated by Clare Ryan, Director of the UW Program on the Environment

President HigginsClimate change is the critical challenge for the world today. The impact of climate change is felt most particularly in developing countries; extreme climate events, ever more frequent, trap many of the world’s poorest people in poverty. How do our commitments to assisting poorer countries in developing themselves relate to our own actions to tackle climate change?

Ireland and the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. share a similar environment and are home to some of the world’s leading incubators of technological progress; how are we using this great capacity in pursuit of equality, justice and liberty for all of the world’s citizens? Overall, what role does science, technology and tomorrow’s generation of leaders have to play in addressing climate change and development for all?

Event details

Friday, October 23, 2015 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Kane Hall 220 – University of Washington
Free event – tickets are limited

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Co-sponsored by

Office of Global Affairs
Center for West European Studies & the EU Center of Excellence at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Sustainable International Development Program at the UW School of Law
Program on the Environment at the College of the Environment