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Nobel Laureates Symposium in Hong Kong 2015


Memorandum signing marks closure of Symposium in Hong Kong 2015

The 4th Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability "4C: Changing Climate, Changing Cities", co-hosted in Hong Kong by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Asia Society Hong Kong (ASHK) Center, concluded on 25 April 2015. After three days of intense discussions with renowned experts from climate science as well as urbanisation research, the participating Nobel Laureates signed a Memorandum entitled "The Great Urban Transformation". This document, challenging cities and nation-states, will now start its journey to stakeholders around the world. It is intended to eventually feed into the preparation of the World Climate Summit to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

Special thanks go to the partners and sponsors of the symposium for their continued financial support of the symposium.

The Potsdam-Asia Society 2015 Hong Kong Symposium is the first in the series to be held outside Europe, and has a strong focus on the East Asia and Pacific region. It brings together Nobel Laureates, eminent scientists, policy makers, global and business leaders and key community stakeholders. How the urbanization of Asia proceeds will affect its populations and have critical impacts on climate change with global consequences. The Laureates discuss presentations from experts on subjects that are crucial to planetary health and human survival. Many participants are attending from China and other Asian countries, representing ministerial and other senior levels. The concern and involvement of Laureates emphasizes the importance of the debate to governments and decision-making bodies.

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