For the seventh consecutive year, the European Environment Foundation invites the prize winners of renowned awards from all over the world to the International Convention for Environmental Laureates (ICEL) to connect, collaborate, and discuss issues and ideas under different themes.
Under the motto “Ecological FooDprint”, participants will discuss the problems and challenges of its production, taking into account a variety of aspects like rapidly growing world population, climate change, agricultural monocultures, and the negative impact in environmental sustainability. The Convention will be held under the patronage of Professor Klaus Töpfer, Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and former German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (1987-1994).
The Convention is organized in cooperation with FWTM GmbH & Co. KG (Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe). Among its highlights are Public Lectures by: Jennifer Morgan, CEO of Greenpeace International; Mathis Wackernagel, inventor of the Ecological Footprint; Klaus Töpfer, Former Under Secretary General of United Nations; Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-President Club of Rome; Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Executive Vice President and President of Pfizer Global Supply; and a Green Dinner by and with the German TV star chef Sarah Wiener.
The Laureates’ Symposium at ICEL provides a unique opportunity for distinguished participants to connect and interact with individuals across multiple sectors and present their work, projects and petitions among their peers. The laureates attending the event have been rewarded for their outstanding work, projects and leadership in very diverse fields, like nature conservation, renewable energy, human rights, social causes, and nevertheless a nuclear free future. These award winners shape a multidisciplinary and multicultural group, which year after year comes together with a final document (call for action) urging governments to take real action through public policy; this year´s overarching theme is “Food”.
The Young Talents Day takes place at the United World College and offers students the opportunity to meet real role models and experience their broad expertise encouraging them to own environmental efforts. This experience also provides the laureates with many fresh ideas and motivation for their valuable work for the protection of our planet.
Detailed information about the Environmental Convention, including programme and participants, is available at https://www.european-environment-foundation.eu/en-en/laureates-convention/upcoming-convention