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Live webchat with UNDESA: Are Future Generations at Risk?

On monday the (15th July 2013) UNDESA held a live webchat on their facebook page on the issues surrounding Intergenerational Justice. It took place between 10am and 12 EDT (New York Time). Please read our latest blog for a brief reflection of what took place.


Information from the UNDESA facebook page:

Can we care about the fate of distant future generations considering our pressing present problems? How can public policies consider not only near-term but also long-term impacts on human well-being? Should we create an institution to safeguard the interests of future generations? How should it look like? Have a look at our video message inviting you to this event:

At the Rio+20 Conference in June last year, the UN Secretary-General was invited to prepare a report on promoting intergenerational solidarity for the achievement of sustainable development, taking into account the needs of future generations.

We asked for views on a number of questions related to future generations through a public online consultation from 26 June – 10 July. Now it is your turn to ask us questions!

Join the UN experts working on this report for a live Facebook chat on Monday, 15 July, from 10am – 12pm New York time, and ask them your questions on future generations, intergenerational solidarity and sustainable development.

Participating experts from the Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA:

David O’Connor – Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch

Friedrich Soltau – Expert on climate change and sustainable development, with focus on fairness in climate change law and policy.

Katia Vladimirova – Works on the issues of environmental ethics, with a focus on intergenerational justice and equity for future generations.

Further background information can be found on the website of the Division for Sustainable Development:

Information on the online consultation that was carried out on this topic from 26 June – 10 July is available here:

HOW TO JOIN: Submit your questions as a comment, now or on 15 July when the experts will be answering the questions in real-time.

Posted by Future Justice on 1 July 2013

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