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Workshop 9

“Future of Planet Earth”

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008



June 3, 2020 (UNESCO Cafeteria, Fontenoy, 7th Floor)

1800–2100 Open Forum and Welcome Cocktail Reception

Welcome Address: “Humanity and the Biosphere – UNESCO Contributions:
Past, Present, and Possible Futures”

—Dr. Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Welcome Address
—Mr. Walter Kistler, Co-founder & President, Foundation For the Future

Cosmic Origins (Video Presentation)
—Mr. Bob Citron, Co-founder & Executive Director, Foundation For the Future


Day 1 | June 4, 2020 (UNESCO Annex, Room XVI)

0930–0940 Opening Remarks
—Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran and Mr. Sesh Velamoor

0940–1000 Self-Introductions
—Each Participant

1000–1005 Pale Blue Dot (Carl Sagan Film Clip)
—Mr. Bob Citron

1005–1030 “Human Impact on Planet Earth”
—Mr. Bob Citron

1030–1100 “Change and Shifts”
15-minute presentations
—Dr. Eduardo F.J. de Mulder
—Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz

1100–1130 “Systems and Networks”
15-minute presentations
—Dr. Raman Sukumar
—Dr. John R. Delaney

1130–1230 Discussion on Presentations

1330–1400 “Planet Earth Futures”
15-minute presentations
—Dr. Anthony McMichael
—Dr. Brian Fagan

1400–1430 “Resources and Sustainability”
15-minute presentations
—Dr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah
—Dr. Norman Myers

1430–1530 Discussion on presentations

1545–1615 “Cultures, Values, Ethics, and Morals”
15-minute presentations
—Mr. Robert C. Milne
—Dr. Vernon L. Scarborough

1615–1645 “Knowledge, Science, and Technology”
15-minute presentations
—Prof. Sospeter Muhongo
—Dr. Eric J. Chaisson

1645–1745 Discussion on presentations

1745–1815 UNESCO plus participants interactions on the day’s sessions

1815–1830 Plans for Day 2 sessions


Day 2 | June 5, 2020 (UNESCO Annex, Room XVI)

0930–0945 Summary of Day 1
—Sesh Velamoor

0945–1045 Workshops
—Participants break into two separate, preassigned groups
Determine three critical issues pertaining to humanity and Planet Earth

1100–1115 Summary Presentation of Group 1 to Plenary
—Breakout Group Lead

1115–1130 Summary Presentation of Group 2 to Plenary
—Breakout Group Lead

1130–1200 Consensus on 2 critical issues and fishbowl assignments

1200–1300 Fishbowl 1
First Group Dialogue, Others listen

1300–1315 Interaction with outside participants

1430–1530 Fishbowl 2
Second Group Dialogue, Others listen

1530–1545 Interaction with outside participants

1600–1700 UNESCO plus participants interactions

1700–1730 Participants’ Closing Statements

1730–1800 Closing Remarks, Seminar Adjourned