Press release

IISD expert on climate change and security features work at high level debate at COP15

December 13, 2009
COPENHAGEN--December 14, 2009--The International Institute for Sustainable Development's senior project manager on climate change and security, is in Copenhagen during COP15 and available to answer questions about his leading edge research on climate change and security issues in Africa and the Middle East, commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Oli Brown will be attending an event hosted by the Government of Denmark: World leaders debate the security implications of climate change* on December 15, 2009, at DR-Byen's Concert House.
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For more information, please contact IISD media and communication officer Nona Pelletier
Cell: +1-(204)-962-1303.
(For local calls during COP15 in Copenhagen, please phone 53 97 61 23 until December 18, 2009)

More information about the debate:
The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller has invited a panel of world leaders for a debate on the impact of climate change on international security. In addition to the Danish Foreign Minister the panel will include:

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
  • EU Presidency, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt
  • African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Jean Ping
  • The moderator will be Steffen Kretz, Senior International Editor and anchor with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).

Practical information:
Time and date: December 15, 2009 1.30-3pm. Doors open at 12.30 and close at 1.15 P.M. CET, to ensure a prompt start to the debate. Venue: DR-Byen's Concert House, Studie 2, Emil Holms Kanal 20, 0999 Copenhagen C.
Nearest metro: DR-Byen (two stops from the Bella Center).

Members of the press wishing to bring cameras and other equipment to the event must have COP15 accreditation and must arrive at the event no later than 12.30 P.M. CET. A specific press card will not be issued for this event, but COP15 accreditation card must be carried visually.

*All members of the press must register by sending an email to with name and media by December 14, 12 P.M. CET.

Contact persons for the Danish Government's event:
For the press in general: Ms. Janina Graae / M:+45 4083 8937
For general information: Ms. Catherine Lorenzen / D:+45 3392 1855 / M:+45 5087 6545

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