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Nicolas Hulot

Son parcours, semé de découvertes, d’expériences et de rencontres qui l’ont mené d’un bout à l’autre du globe, a petit à petit forgé son combat pour l’écologie et plus largement en faveur d’une approche plus humaniste du monde.

The conference is given in French.
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La conférence est en français.
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Après quelques mois passés en fac de médecine, il exerce plusieurs travails et découvre la photo. Göksin Sipahioglu, créateur de l’agence SIPA presse lui fait confiance ; Nicolas Hulot fait du photoreportage son premier métier.

Il parcourt ainsi le monde durant 5 ans et est témoin de faits nationaux et internationaux marquants, notamment en Afrique Australe ou en Afrique du Sud avec les événements qui ont précédé la fin de l’apartheid.

La photo l’amène naturellement à s’intéresser à la presse écrite et parlée, et il a l’opportunité d’entrer à France Inter.

De 1978 à 1987, il sera journaliste et producteur de plusieurs émissions. Il innove dans les méthodes de reportages, se faisant acteur d’aventures qu’il fait vivre en direct à ses auditeurs. C’est ainsi qu’il relève certains défis comme la descente du Zambèze à la pagaie ou se pose au pôle Nord géographique avec le 1er aéronef monomoteur.

En 1987, le hasard de la vie le mène à l’audiovisuel, chez TF1. Une simple expérience qui ne devait durer que quelques mois, et qui se transforme en une véritable tranche de vie. Depuis 22 ans, Nicolas Hulot a successivement été producteur et présentateur des émissions “Ushuaïa, le magazine de l’Extrême” (1987-1995), “Opération Okavango” (1996-1997) et enfin “Ushuaïa Nature” (depuis 1998).

Au fil des ans, des expériences et des rencontres (Jane Goodall, Nelson Mandela, Théodore MonodPaul-Emile Victor… ou plus récemment, Amory Lovins, Edgar Morin, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Pierre Rabhi, Nicholas Stern… et tous les experts aujourd’hui membres du Comité de Veille Ecologique de sa Fondation…), il réalise l’ampleur de la mise en péril des grands équilibres écologiques. Il constate à l’œil nu les dégradations que l’on fait subir à la planète et l’urgence d’agir. Tout ce qui est alors de l’ordre des craintes, des chiffres et des statistiques, devient concret et proche, jusqu’à la certitude que c’est, ni plus ni moins, l’avenir de la planète et de l’Homme dont il est question.

Désireux de mettre sa notoriété au service d’une cause qui devient au fil des ans la pierre angulaire de sa vie, il crée la Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme en 1990. Reconnue d’utilité publique en 1996, l’ONG se fixe alors un double objectif : informer le public de l’état écologique de la planète, et convaincre le plus grand nombre de la nécessité de changer ses comportements.

À travers son action et celle de sa Fondation, Nicolas Hulot cherche ainsi depuis près de 20 ans à créer de la convergence, et à ramener dans ce périmètre toutes les parties prenantes de la société, jusqu’aux acteurs politiques et économiques. Avec le Défi pour la Terre lancé en 2005, ce sont ainsi plus de 850 000 personnes qui s’engagent à agir quotidiennement pour la Planète. Fin 2006, Nicolas Hulot propose un Pacte écologique aux candidats à l’élection présidentielle afin de les inciter à placer les enjeux écologiques et climatiques au cœur de l’action publique. Il est alors soutenu par près de 750 000 personnes.

Si les débats qui ont suivi, notamment dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement vont dans le bon sens, la Fondation Nicolas Hulot pense qu’il faut aller plus loin et amplifier la démarche engagée vers la définition d’un autre modèle de société, compatible avec les capacités de régénération de la planète et qui participe à l’épanouissement humain. Un nouveau chapitre est à écrire. 

Pour apporter sa contribution, la Fondation lance EVOLUTION : CHAPITRE 2. Être force de propositions, susciter la prise de conscience, mobiliser le plus grand nombre, exercer un lobbying d’intérêt général, soutenir et démultiplier des projets exemplaires… tels sont les moyens que la Fondation souhaite mettre en œuvre pour poursuivre son action et tendre vers un monde viable et solidaire. 

Policy session

Disaster Displacement Platform

Atle Solberg

Atle Solberg is the head of the Platform on Disaster Displacement Coordination Unit. The platform follows up on the work started by Nansen Initiative, where Alte Solberg headed the Secretariat.

One of the main objectives of the Platform on Disaster Displacement is to implement the recommendations of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda, a toolbox to better prevent and prepare for displacement  and to respond to situations when people are forced to find refuge, within their own country or across the border. 

NATO

Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea is NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. He has been working with NATO since 1980. Positions included Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division, Director of Information and Press, Spokesman of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press, Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer at the Policy Planning and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate as well as Assistant to the Secretary General of NATO for Special Projects.

Jamie Shea holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University (Lincoln College). He is involved with several prominent academic institutions and acts amongst others as professor of the Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Visiting Lecturer in the Practice of Diplomacy, University of Sussex, Associate Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC, where he also holds the position of Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme, and lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent.

International Labor Organization (ILO)

Sophia Kagan

Sophia Kagan is a Labour Migration Technical Officer on the Pacific Climate Change and Mobility Project, with the International Labour Office for Pacific Island Countries. In this role, she manages labour migration technical cooperation across six Pacific Island countries including in the areas of climate change and migration, labour migration legislation and national policy formulation, regional labour mobility schemes, migration statistics and development of pre-departure and reintegration training for migrant workers

Sophia Kagan holds a MSc in International Development Management from the London School of Economics, and has been an adjunct researcher with the Castan Center for Human Rights Law and Policy. She previously worked as a consultant with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
She has authored and edited a number of publications on labour exploitation in China (2013), life skills for migrant workers (2013), decent work and social justice in the Pacific (ILO) and a forthcoming guide on international labour migration statistics with ESCAP.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Dina Ionesco

Dina Ionesco is Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the International Organization for Migration. In this capacity she oversees policies and programmes related to the nexus between migration, environment and climate change and coordinates IOM’s contributions to policy processes, such as the climate change negotiations and Nansen Initiative. She is the co-author of the Atlas of Environmental Migration (2016).

Dina Ionesco joined IOM in 2004 and has taken up different responsibilities, working on migration policies, research, migration and development. She furthermore worked with the OECD in Paris as an Administrator on local development, job creation, social capital and entrepreneurship. Dina Ionesco holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics (UK), a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Sussex University (UK) and graduated from the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris (France).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Marine Franck

Marine Frank, is Climate Change Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She coordinates the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, composed of UNHCR, IOM, UNU-EHS, UNDP, NRC/IDMC, Refugees International, Sciences Po-CERI, and RAED. In this capacity she coordinates and provides technical support to UNFCCC Parties on human mobility in the context of climate change.

Marine Frank promoted women’s rights in the UNFCCC process as a climate and energy officer for the NGO WECF where she was the focal point for the Gender Constituency. During her work in a consultant firm in Canada (Ecoressources) she trained and assisted Congo Basin countries on the UNFCCC process.

United Nations Convention to Combat Disertification (UNCCD)

Barbara Bendandi 

Barbara Bendandi works as a migration and environment policy officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is in charge of the initiative “West Africa: promoting sustainable land management in migration-prone areas through innovative financing mechanisms”, which aims at designing incentives and promoting policies to channel remittances and promote diaspora investments towards land rehabilitation.

Barbara Bendandi has worked for UNCCD and IUCN and advised the Italian government as an environmental expert for the G8/G20 Office. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (New York) and is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice) to research on how to channel migrants’ contribution towards climate compatible development.

COP22

Driss El-Yazami

Driss El Yazami is President of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME).
He is President of the Francophone Association of National Human Rights Commissions (AFNCDH) as well as the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF).

Mr. El Yazami, is a former Vice-President of the French League of Human Rights (LDH), former Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and former member of the Executive Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. Since 2004, he has been president of the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders and member of the board of the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration in France (museum of immigration history). Mr. El Yazami is co-director of the “France, terre d’Islam ?” film (France, land of Islam?) ​of 1984.

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Oli Brown

Oli Brown is the coordinator for UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme. He assists the planning and monitoring of UNEP’s work to reduce the environmental causes and consequences of natural disasters, industrial accidents and armed conflicts.

Previously Oli Brown worked for Chatham House in the UK, and IISD in Switzerland. From 2010 to 2012 he managed an UNEP country programme in Sierra Leone: working to build the government’s capacity for more effective environmental management. He has first degrees in anthropology and modern history and a Masters in international relations.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Jeongha Kim

Jeongha Kim is Decent Rural Employment Policy Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Ms. Kim is an social protection expert and currently contributes to research on the relation between climate change and migration.

Previously Jeongha Kim has worked for the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in Seoul, Korea, as programme officer for rural development projects in Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa. She managed climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes for development of formal and non-formal education curricula in Southeast Asian countries, and literacy education programmes for rural adults that incorporate climate change adaptation and income generation activities. She holds a Masters degree in sociology.

Plenary Sessions

R.BettsRichard Betts

Richard is Chair in Climate Impacts at the University of Exeter and Head of Climate Impacts in the Met Office Hadley Centre. His undergraduate studies were in Physics at the University of Bristol, followed by an MSc in Meteorology and Climatology at the University of Birmingham.

For his PhD, he used climate models to assess the role of the world’s ecosystems in global climate and climate change. He has worked in climate modelling since 1992, with a particular interest in the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and the interactions with other impacts of climate change such as on water resources. He is also interested in the wide-ranging effects of land use and land cover change on climate. He has pioneered a number of key developments in the extension of climate models to include biological processes. He leads the EU Framework 7 Project HELIX (High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes), which assesses the impacts of climate change at 2, 4 and 6°C global warming above pre-industrial state. Richard was a lead author on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Working Group 1 (The Physical Science Basis), leading the assessment of the influences of land cover change on climate and contributing to the assessment of climate change impacts on fresh water. He played a similar role in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is also lead author on the IPCC 5th Assessment Report in Working Group 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), responsible for assessing the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems.

J-BorrasJun Borras

Saturnino ‘Jun’ M Borras Jr. is a political activist and academic who has been deeply involved in rural social movements in the Philippines and internationally since the early 1980s.

He was part of the core organising team that established the international peasant movement La Via Campesina and has written extensively on land issues and agrarian movements. He is currently a Professor of Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Adjunct Professor at China Agricultural University, Beijing; a Fellow for Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy in California, and the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

B-Harell-BondBarbara Harrell-Bond

Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Emerata Professor and Associate, is a legal anthropologist who founded/directed the Refugee Studies Centre (1982-96). Previously she was conducting research in West Africa from 1967-1982, while employed by the Departments of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh & University of Illinois-Urbana,USA, the Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, Holland, & the Faculty of Law, University of Warwick.

On retirement from the RSC, she conducted research in Kenya and Uganda (1997-2000), and was Honorary Adjunct Professor, American University in Cairo (2000-2008). Barbara is also an awardee of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology awarded by the American Anthropologist Association, and was awarded the Lucy Mair medal for applied anthropology in 2014. She is now responsible for the information portal, www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org that promotes legal assistance for refugees around the world.

J-KarlingJørgen Carling

Research Professor in migration and transnationalism studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He holds a position as Research Affiliate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford and is Editorial Board member of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the International Migration Review and Migration Letters.

E-LambinEric Lambin

Eric Lambin’s research is in the area of land-use change. He develops integrated approaches to study human-environment interactions in land systems by linking remote sensing and socioeconomic data.

This includes research to better detect subtle land changes based on time series of Earth observation satellites at multiple scales. His goal is to improve modeling of causes and impacts of deforestation, dryland degradation, agricultural intensification and conflicts between wildlife and agriculture around natural reserves. New research directions include land-use transitions – i.e., the shift from deforestation or land degradation to reforestation or land sparing for nature — and the impact of land change on vector-borne diseases.

S-SassenSaskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs. The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011).

The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001.  Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to www.OpenDemocracy.net and www.HuffingtonPost.com

B-McKibbenBill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books.

He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor
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