Thursday, March 29, 2007

Environment and Conflict : Multimedia in Washington, DC

For folks in the Washington, D.C. area (and a webcast, too):

Multimedia: Environment's Connection to Conflict, CooperationExhibition Opening at Woodrow Wilson Center

WASHINGTON---Environmental issues--water, climate, land, forests, and minerals--have played a part in some of world's worst conflicts. But these resources can also be harnessed to build peace. From April 2-20 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a multimedia exhibit created by Berlin’s Adelphi Research will use interactive displays of photos, text, and video to address three questions:
  • Why do changes in our natural environment threaten people and livelihoods?
  • Does the exploitation of natural resources lead to violent conflict?
  • How can sustainable development and environmental cooperation contribute to stability and peace?

On Tuesday, April 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Johannes K. Haindl, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Germany, and Lee H. Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will open the exhibit at a reception in the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Hallway.

Also on April 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., an international panel will discuss environment, conflict, and cooperation in a public meeting, to be webcast live.

What: Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation: Panel Discussion ( WEBCAST LIVE ) and Exhibition Opening and Reception
Who: Alexander Carius, Director, Adelphi Research (Berlin), Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Chair, Department of Private Law, University of Nairobi, and Program Director, International Environmental Law Research Centre, Nairobi
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center), Exhibition Opening and Reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Woodrow Wilson Memorial Hallway)
Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the German Embassy, the German Information Center USA, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. The German Embassy is hosting the reception.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sharon McCarter at sharon.mccarter@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4016.

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