28 May, 2008
A two-day international conference will be held in Athens on Thursday and Friday on “climate change and human security,” with which is concluded the Greek presidency of the Human Security Network (DAA).
The sessions of the conference will be opened on Thursday morning by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias.
The Foreign Ministry placed main priority on the issue of “climate change and human security,” during its annual presidency of the DAA, focusing its developmental initiatives for the relief of the most vulnerable groups of the population from the repercussions of climate changes, who are mainly women, children and populations changing residence, in the developing countries.
In a briefing on Tuesday, International Economic Relations Secretary General Theodoros Skylakakis said that the ministry’s actions, with Developmental Cooperation and Aid as a tool, centered in the promotion of aid to Africa and the Small Island Countries, in order for them to adjust to the new climate conditions and to the transfer of technical know-how in the Balkans, in cooperation with USAID.
The DAA, which has been around for a decade, is a human-centered forum, with starting point the position that people today are exposed to threats which go beyond national borders. It has also dealt with such issues such as the eradication of mines against personnel, the inspection of small and light weapons and the protection of women and children in armed clashes.
Taking part in this, apart from Greece, are Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Jordan, Mali, Chile, Costa Rica, Thailand and Ireland, which takes over the presidency.
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