Both the nobel prize winner, Mohan Munasinghe, and the ex General Manager for UNESCO, Irina Bokova, participated in the Climate Change Leadership Summit.

Marbella, July 11. The North American educational institution, The American College in Spain, was the co-organizer of the Climate Change Leadership Summit, held in Oporto last Friday. The star guest at this event was the former US President, Barack Obama.

The goal of the Summit was to create awareness of the impact that climate change is making, but above all, to show the almost 3,000 attendees the solutions which are being implemented in various parts of our planet. During the event, the Oporto Protocol was presented, an initiative whose purpose is to unite the wine industry worldwide in order to inform them of the initiatives which are being put into practice in the different wine production regions around the world..

“It is an honor to have cooperated, together with our faculty and staff, in the organization of such an important event. “I am very proud to have met President Obama and for him to have shown interest in our educational programs, which in turn, demonstrates recognition of our work,” claimed Melissa Butler, Director of The American College in Spain.

The Mayor of Oporto, Rui Moreiraquien, was responsible for the inauguration, and was followed by the presentation of Mohan Munasinghe, fomer Vice President of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which served him to share the nobel prize of peace with Vice President Al Gore in 2007. Professor Munasinghe discussed the different measures that the United Nations are attempting to implement to mitigate and adapt to the climate change, but he pointed out that “it is fundamental to not forget anyone in the fight against climate change, especially those most in need who are the worst affected by this phenomenon.”

Irina Bokova, the UNESCO former General Manager stated: “ Climate change is the largest and fastest growing threat to the World Heritage. We should all be concerned about climate change and demand more effort in order to implement the Paris Agreement. If we lose the common heritage of humanity, we will not only lose old buildings, archaelogical sites and landscapes, sculpted by thousands of years of tradition, we will also lose our historical identities and feelings of belonging forever.”

The former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama was responsible for closing the Summit in a session moderated by Juan Verde, President of the Advanced Leadership Foundation. During his intervention, the US former president believed that the Paris Agreement could still unite the countries to fight against the climate change and trusted that the United States would once again adhere to the pact. With the Paris Agreement, “it is possible to unite the countries towards a common agenda,” claimed Obama during his intervention.

Pancho Campo, Director of the organization of the event stated that: “It is a great honor to have been assigned by The American College in Spain with our team to oversee the logistics, technical organization and to protect the interests of the speakers, especially those of the former President of the USA, Barack Obama.”

The organizers of the event were Taylor´s Port, the Advanced Leadership Foundation, the Oporto Town Hall, The Oporto Chamber of Commerce, and The American College in Spain. The event was held in the Coliseum Porto and was attended by approximately 3,000 spectators, including the most renowned public figures of the political, social, and cultural life of Portugal and around 30 countries.

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