Institute of Development Policy

Global Warming as a Threat to Developing Countries : What Can be Done? (30/10/2018)

Global Warming as a Threat to Developing Countries : What Can be Done?

The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp, in cooperation with the Institute of Development Policy of the University of Antwerp, cordially invites you on Tuesday 30 October 2018 to:

Global Warming as a Threat to Developing Countries : What Can be Done?


The Chair commemorates Jef Van Gerwen sj who pioneered the field of corporate ethics in Flanders and who co-founded UCSIA.

Lecture, response and question round in English

Prof. Dr. Luc Van LIEDEKERKE, who teaches business ethics at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven and holds the BNP Paribas Fortis Chairs of Ethics & Finance, will introduce the speakers and the topic.

Global Warming as a Threat to Developing Countries

Dr. Gaël GIRAUD is Chief Economist and Director of Innovation, Research and Knowledge at the French Development Agency AFD seated in Paris. His theoretically and mathematically well founded scientific research leads him to probing conclusions on sustainable development, poverty, energy-transition, inequality and regulation. In 2017, he was a member of the Stern-Stiglitz High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices. As a Jesuit, he links critical  insight with spiritually inspired commitment for social change, as becomes evident from books such as The Financial Illusion (2013) and 20 Proposals to Reform Capitalism (2009, with Sr. Cécile Renouard).          

The guest speaker confirms a second inconvenient truth: global warming hits developing countries disproportionally, as is revealed by  the vulnerability index which he developed next to an indicator of social cohesion that verifies the quality of development. Why is it so difficult for countries to tackle climate change in common accord?

What Can be Done?

Dr. Stefaan VERGOTE is Deputy Head of Unit for energy and environment at  the DG Environment of the European Commission. The unit deals with the integration of climate change and environment in energy policy and the legal framework for carbon capture and storage. As a civil electrotechnical-mechanical engineer, the respondent previously worked at the Flemish research organisation VITO and the Flemish funding agency for scientific research IWT Vlaanderen. His response will explore feasible and politically realistic solutions. 

The audience

In a question round, will be able to judge if the proposals offer sufficient answers to the identified challenges.