UMD Hosts Climate Action Forum, Welcomes Tim Wirth, the First-Ever Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

UMD Hosts Climate Action Forum, Welcomes Tim Wirth, the First-Ever Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

In addition to co-presenting the Climate Action 2016 Summit, the University of Maryland will host the Climate Action 2016 Forumon the College Park campus this Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The forum will serve as a public, multi-stakeholder approach to advancing the climate implementation agenda, featuring lively discussion and debate from leaders across government, higher education, business, finance, academia, philanthropy and civil society. 

Tim Wirth, the first Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and former President of the United Nations Foundation, will deliver the opening plenary address focused on “The Next Chapter in Global Sustainability.” Wirth was the lead U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Climate Conference and announced the U.S. commitment to legally binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Kyoto Protocol. He is a leading voice on global environmental issues and worked closely with Vice President Al Gore to address climate change during the Clinton administration.

Thematic areas for the forum:

  • City and Subnational Implementation
  • Resilience/Adaptation
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Climate & Society
  • Analysis and Tools to Support Decision-Making

WHO: 

  • Tim Wirth, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Vice Chair of United Nations Foundation
  • Dr. Piers J. Sellers, Deputy Director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate and Acting Director of the Earth Sciences Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center
  • The Honorable Mr. Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator for Maryland
  • Mr. Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland
  • Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland
  • Dr. Robert C. Orr, University of Maryland School of Public Policy Dean

WHEN: 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
9am – 4:30pm

WHERE: 

Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park
Location: http://go.umd.edu/wsn

PARKING:

Complimentary parking will be available for media in the Union Lane Garage.

MEDIA CHECK-IN:

Media will be required to show identification and credentials at the media check-in table inside Stamp prior to entering the event. 

AUDIO: 

A mult-box audio feed will be available at the event.

RSVP: 

All media should RSVP to Graham Binder at binderg@umd.edu

May 2, 2016


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