09 March 2016
In 2015, major international fora, among them the UN General Assembly in New York in September and the UN Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in December, adopted the major global agenda for sustainable development and sustainable transitions. In parallel, geopolitical complexities and tensions in many regions of the world, including larger Europe and Euro-Asia, present additional challenges in implementing New York and Paris commitments. In the European Union, this complexity is further exacerbated by the situation concerning migration and refugees. Human capital, access to education, as well as socio-economic, cultural, and religious aspects of our future demographic profile will be the key determining factors, and Europe is one of the leading world regions where interplay among all these factors calls for a simultaneous academic and political debate and solutions.
Against this backdrop, Professor Pavel Kabat International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in collaboration with Professor Anton Zeilinger Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Dr. Franz Fischler European Forum Alpbach (EFA), Professor Jeffrey Sachs Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (LC UNSDN) and der Standard are jointly organizing a public event to address and debate these issues among academia, politics, and governmental agencies.
Welcome remarks by o.Univ.-Professor Dr. Anton Zeilinger, President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director General & CEO of IIASA and Professor Dr. Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Vice President of the European Forum Alpbach
Introduction of the book: “Who survives? Education decides the future of humanity” by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Lutz, Director of the World Population Program at IIASA and Founder and Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and presentation to the Ambassador Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Director General, Section VII-Development, Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (representing H.E. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs)
Moderator: Dr. Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard
Panel Discussion on Human Capital, Geopolitical Conflicts, and Sustainable Development Goals with a short video statement by H.E. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Moderator: Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director General & CEO, IIASA
The event took place at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna,
by Wolfgang Lutz and Reiner Klingholz.
Last edited: 16 February 2016
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