Wednesday May 20, 2015, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Resource Institute, The New Climate Economy and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the Holy See, the University hosted a conference on The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability can go Hand in Hand.
The initiative was planned in view of the upcoming publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical touching upon ecology, release date in June. The conference is intended to be an occasion of reflection on the recent New Climate Economy Report, from which emerges, “the objectives of improving economic performance and the reduction of climate risks are complementary.”
In fact, the organizers explain “Economic growth cannot come about without taking account of the climate risks that correspond. At the same time, emission reduction will be much more difficult without a strong economy.”
Participants at the conference include: Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Felipe Calderón, President of the Global Commission on Economy and Climate, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Jeremy Oppenheim, Director of McKinsey & Co.
Card. Parolin Message