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Presentation of the UNDP Human Development Report

On November 27, 2007 at the MFA palace on Foksal Street in Warsaw, a United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference titled ‘Fighting climate change: human solidarity in a divided world’ was held pertaining to the UNDP 2007/2008 Human Development report.

In recent years, a lot more attention is being focused on the problem of climate change. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the former US vice-president Al Gore. In the 21st Century, global warming dictates the terms of community development in the world. A neglect of climate change and its consequences, halts development and contradicts the international measures taken thus for in the fight against poverty. What’s more, it is those poorest countries and its residence, who are most painfully experiencing the effects caused by human influenced weather catastrophes. And they are the on’e who least contribute to the effect. No nation, whether rich or poor, is immune to the consequences of global warming.

This year’s report particularly draws attention to issues that have been mentioned previous, in that they underline the need for highly developed countries to take the initiative in the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, working out an effective program for emission trade, regulating energy policies, as well as, working towards an international co-operation in financing low-carbon technologies. Authors of the report also pointed to the fact that there is a lack in realisation of the obligations made in the Kyoto protocol by highly-developed countries and they appeal to these nations to prioritise the adaptation of their programs in the reduction of poverty.

The UNDP 2007/2008 Human Development report was presented by Prof. Piotr Tryjanowski from the University of Adam Mickiewicz, who is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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