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Kofi Annan Will Deliver the Keynote Speech at the 3rd World Conference on Climate Change and Wine

April 04, 2011

The Former United Nations Secretary-General and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Kofi Annan will be the keynote speaker and guest of honour at the 3rd Climate Change and Wine Conference. The event will be held on 13-14 April in Marbella, Spain, which takes over from Barcelona, host of the congress's previous editions of 2006 and 2008 where the keynote speaker was Vice President Al Gore. The event is being organized by the Wine Academy of Spain and coordinated by its founder, President, and internationally recognized authority on climate change and wine, Pancho Campo MW.

Kofi Annan’s speech will focus on the importance of sustainable development and the protection of environment to fight climate change. His speech will take place on the first day of the III World Conference on Climate Change and Wine at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos of Marbella. Mr Annan’s conference is titled “The Global Compact: challenging businesses to become leaders in sustainable development” (13th of April. 05.30 PM.) and will be moderated by Pancho Campo MW.

The conference is directed to all the delegates attending the conference as well as to the business community of Andalusia and focuses on the importance of adapting to sustainable measures in order to deal with climate change. After the conference Mr. Annan will allow a 45-minute session where the audience will be able to ask questions from the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner. On the evening of April 13th, the mayoress of Marbella, Mrs. Angeles Muñoz, will join Kofi Annan and his wife to preside the Official Gala Dinner, which will take place at La Cabane, Hotel Los Monteros. This is also a charity dinner in aid of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, which helps children in India.

Last November in a climate change conference in Switzerland, Annan explained the impact of this phenomenon in sectors where high irrigation is needed, such as agriculture and farming: “The gradual increase in temperature is producing a warming in different oceans. This causes more floods and less frost”, which is crucial for the growth of some crops.

The previous edition enjoyed the participation of over 400 delegates representing over 40 countries. As with earlier editions, this year´s conference will be directed to wine professionals, oenologists, scientists, viticulturists, importers and sommeliers. The phenomenon of climate change upon winegrowing is affecting the majority of the wine industry, this is why the sector has to acknowledge the problem and start acting as soon as possible. It was with this premise that this World Conference was created in 2006, to offer solutions to mitigate the problem and to adapt to the changes in climate, as well as for developing a more environmentally sound business model for the wine industry.

During the Marbella Conference, attendees will receive first-hand, timely information about the impacts of climate change upon the wine business along with its direct relation to oenology and viticulture. Through different panels and speeches the conference will address critical topics for the wine industry such as closures, packaging, transport, CO2 emissions, energy reduction, and the use of organic/biodynamic vine growing as measures for adapting to climate change.

The list of speakers is comprised by experts from Spain, United Kingdom, United States, France, Chile, Italy, United States and up to a total of 30 countries. The conference also features a Trade Show Area with over 90 wineries from over 35 regions. The list of speakers who will participate in the program include 35 luminaries from around the world such as biodynamic viticulture’s greatest proponent Nicolas Joly; soil scientist Claude Bourguignon, winemakers Carlos Falcó of Spain's, Nigel Greening from New Zealand and Paul Symington from Portugal; Constellation´s Vineyard Manager; Dominique Moncomble from CIVC, Mireia Torres and the Cenit Demeter Project; climatologist Greg Jones of the University of Southern Oregon and many other leaders of the industry.

The Wine Academy of Spain

The Wine Academy of Spain is a private organization founded in 2003 by Pancho Campo MW, the first Spaniard to hold the title Master of Wine. It focuses its activities on the education of wine professionals and amateurs; the international promotion of Spanish wine through its Spanish Wine Experience; the promotion of Spain as a destination for wine tourism; the analysis of the impact of climate change on the industry; and study trips to wine producing regions with the collaboration of the University of California Davis (US). It is also an Approved Programme Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which it promulgates in Spain; has organised the internationally-acclaimed conferences Climate Change & Wine, Wine Future-Rioja ’09, and Vinoble Jerez 2010.

Wednesday – 13TH April 2011
08.00 – 08.45 Registration
08.45 – 09.00 Opening & Welcome
09.00 – 10.00 Session 1. Steps forward in Climate Change
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 12.00 Session 2. Climate change and viticulture
12.00 – 01.30 Session 3. Climate change & oenology
01.30 – 03.30 Lunch
03.30 – 04.30 Session 4. Climate change & sparkling wines
04.30 – 05.30 Break
05.30 – 07.00 Kofi Annan: “Sustainability, climate change & the corporate world”
09.00 – 11.30 Official dinner

Thursday – 14TH April 2011
09.00 – 10.30 Session 5. Climate change in Spain
10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11.30 Session 6. Packaging, transit & closures
11.30 – 12.30 Session 7. Emissions of CO2 or energy conservation
12.30 – 02.00 Session 8. Tasting
02.00 – 03.30 Lunch
03.30 – 04.45 Session 9. Organic and Biodynamic viticulture vs. climate change
04.45 – 06.00 Session 10. The future of the wine industry in relation with the climate change 06.00 – 06.30 Closing Ceremony

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