Under the patronage and with active participation of the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel, this unique symposium assembled some of the top minds in the world to address crucial intellectual challenges.
Nobel laureates from various disciplines, supported by other world-renowned experts, were invited to discuss their views of the best scientific and political strategies to achieve climate stabilization, energy security for generations to come, and equitable development on a global scale.
- The traditional model of industrialization must be replaced by a novel global paradigm for sustainable development, based on alternative energy generation, increased resource efficiency, accelerated innovation, and a more equitable growth of wealth. A daunting task, the symposium states.
Results to be presented at Bali Climate Change Conference
The fruits of the symposium is summarized in a memorandum called the Postdam Memorandum.
- We are standing at a moment in history when a great transformation is needed to respond to the immense threat to our planet. This transformation must begin immediately and is strongly supported by all present at the Potsdam Nobel Laureates Symposium, the memorandum says.
The extended results will be presented at the 13th UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December this year as an impetus for converging on a promising new global deal for sustainability.
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