September 28, 2015, 12:30PM-1:30PM
Balsillie School of International Affairs (map), Room 1-42







How far are humanistic principles – principles of judging in terms of all the valued impacts on all people – actually used in  assessments of climate change? The paper discussed at this talk identifies mechanisms by which interests of vulnerablelow-income people are often marginalized, even when assessments are made by agencies supposedly accountable within the United Nations system. A major case considered is the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report of 2014. A second example used is the debate on impacts on human health from climate change. Dr. Gasper sketches a typology of ways in which vulnerable poor people are marginalized or excluded in climate change analyses. He then will discuss how that marginalization and exclusion might be countered.

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A light lunch will be served



About The Speaker

Des Gasper is professor of States, Societies and World Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In his research he seeks to combine and connect human development, development ethics, and public policy.