The Rome Symposium

Climate Change and World Development

Rome, Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th May 2017


"The World at a Turning Point: Concerted Action for a Stable Climate, Sustainable Human Progress and Peace"

Statement by the Expert Group

The First International Symposium held in Rome in June 2015 reviewed the realities and risks of climate change, identified weaknesses in the negotiating process before the Paris Climate Summit, COP 21, and proposed policies and measures for rapid and effective climate action.
In the new geopolitical context and with additional knowledge from research and evidence worldwide, the Second Rome Symposium has three key purposes: to marshal the powerful arguments for climate action; to demonstrate that a wide spectrum of organizations and prestigious institutions are fully committed to action; and third, to stimulate a worldwide movement for climate action in the vital interests of both present and future generations.

The Symposium was held on the initiative of President Mikhail Gorbachev, with support of the Italiani Foundation, the European Space Agency and the New Policy Forum. A representative of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development attended.
The broadly-based Expert Group of more than 20 international and Italian experts, scientists and practitioners that came together for the Symposium (see Annex) issued the following Call for Action, addressed to political leaders, negotiators, business leaders, activists and ordinary citizens around the world: