The former secretary general for the United Nations will be the keynote speaker of the III World Congress on Climate Change and Wine to take place in Marbella (Malaga, Spain) on 13 and 14 April 2011 with the participation of IUCN.
Two days of debate around climate change and its impact in the economy, the wine industry, the role of the consumer, water management issues and many more will form part of this exciting event that will gather key speakers and participants from around the world. The Congress, organised by The Wine Academy in Spain, will take place in the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos of Marbella.
Mr Annan’s honour speech, titled “The Global Compact: A challenge in the business world to become leaders in sustainable development” will take place on 13th of April at 18.00 h. and will be followed by a Gala dinner to raise funds for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation. IUCN, represented by Andrés Alcántara from the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, will also present during the Congress its vision on globalisation and change based on collaboration as the key for success.
The conference is open to businessmen and the general public and focuses on the importance of adapting to sustainable measures in order to deal with climate change. After the conference there will be a 30 minute session of questions and answers with the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner. On the evening of April 13th, Kofi Annan and his wife will be joined by the mayoress of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, and together they will preside the la Official Dinner, which will take place in La Cabane , Hotel Los Monteros.
The Congress participants will reiterate the responsibility of businesses and individuals to address environmental challenges; undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; protect human rights; and encourage the development and transfer of environmentally-sustainable technologies.
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