Kathleen Galvin, Director of the Africa Center was in Paris the week of November 23 to attend UNESCO sponsored meetings

Kathleen Galvin, Director of the Africa Center was in Paris the week of November 23 to attend a couple of UNESCO sponsored meetings. The first was a meeting on ‘Knowing our Changing Climate in Africa’ with community partners from east and west Africa.

In the photo above Ismael from Uganda is standing with Kathy at UNESCO with the Eiffel Tower in the background (photo taken by Beth Holland).

This was followed by an UNESCO held conference on indigenous people and climate change on 26-27 November in Paris, as a lead-up to COP21, the major annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UNESCO conference, entitled “Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous peoples and climate change,” brought together over 60 speakers and an audience of over 650 people in plenary and parallel sessions and side-events (http://www.indigenous2015.org/) .

The event was unusual for its success in bringing indigenous people—from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific—in direct dialogue and exchange with scientists and with policy-makers. The numerous papers focused on the complementarities of indigenous and scientific knowledge about climate change. Kathy gave a talk on her work on ‘African Dryland Peoples and Climate Change: A Knowledge Network for Conservancies’. 

Photo 2 is Kathy at the podium in the conference (photo taken by Ben Orlove).