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Future Food and Water Security: Climate Change Challenges

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Organised by:
ISC Intelligence in Science
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Ph.D. Program in Economics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST), City College of New York 
Venue: Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th - 35th Str.), New York City, the US
Date: 21 September 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm       
Session Chairs:  Jennifer Cherrier Brooklyn College-CUNY, Jose Pillich Graduate Center-CUNY and NOAA-CREST
This session will bring together grassroots practitioners, researchers, representatives from the private, public and non-governmental sectors, local authorities and policy makers to ensure a people-centered rather than a process-centered focus on development policy for food and water security. It will consider how to achieve the joined-up thinking required to connect policy processes for the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Vision & Goal
The global population is projected reach 9.2 billion by 2050, with the majority of this growth in urban areas.  Sustainable access to food and water to meet population demands will pose significant challenges, especially when coupled with future climate change.
The global challenge is to determine how to assist those who are most at risk – not by imposing solutions from above but by combining traditional knowledge, practice and expertise with scientific innovation in an economically sensible way to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, ensure accessibility to clean water supplies and help people at risk to adapt to climate change while guiding the economy from subsistence to sustainability. The goal of this session is to transfer knowledge and best practices about emerging approaches and technologies that promote food and water resource sustainability.
This session will provide a platform for participants to showcase their work and develop new partnerships to come up with innovative adaptive management solutions to global challenges of hunger, water resource sustainability and a changing climate.    It will examine means of creating synergies between the UN, EU, nationally funded programs as well as public, private and non-governmental sectors.
1) Julio Rezende, Professor CIIS and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
2)    Emma Porio, Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines
3)    Jennifer Cherrier, Ph.D., Professor, Brooklyn College - CUNY & NOAA CREST, USA
4) Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy - New York City, USA
5) Naresh Devineni, Citi College of New York - CUNY & NOAA CREST, USA