10.12.15

Earth to Paris


Obviously thanks to this blog, I had the privilege to be invited to a conference, "Earth to Paris", organised by the UN (and many other sponsors - read more about it here), which took place at the Pertit Palais in Paris, December 7.  First some views of the beautiful building (see previous posts). The security control on arrival was of course important. I left when it started to get dark, after a full day.

The audience varied in size according to who was speaking. There were some standing ovations.

Some examples of speakers:

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Cathy Calvin, President & CEO of the UN Foundation, Tom Steyer, swimmer and Founder of Mission Blue, Jerry Brown, Governor of California…




Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue, Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace (and a lot more), Tim Wirth, ex-Senator and ex-CEO of the UN Foundation, Gro Brundtland, ex-Prime Minister (Norway), UN Special Envoy and one of the “Elders”, Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer…

Runa Khan, Founder of Friendship Bangladesh, Yann Arthus Bertrand, filmmaker, Carter Roberts, President & CEO of WWF…

Adrian Grenier, actor, Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org, Emma Ruby Sachs, dep. Director of Avaaz, Nicolas Hulot, President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation (and a lot more)…

Alec Baldwin, actor, Christina Coc, Mayan Leader and winner of the UN Equator Prize in 2015, Bianca Juti, talking about the “Angry Birds”, Ban KI-moon, UN Secretary General, interviewed by a young Yugratna Srivastava


Tony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF, Angélique Kidjo, singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Tatiana Kondo, a young Climate Mapper, John Kerry, US Secretary of State. These are only examples of a long and interesting list. 










Here is a video prepared for the conference, text read by Morgan Freeman.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...


Glad to know you were invited to this wonderful event. Your photos of the Petit Palais are superb! What a beautiful place indeed.
I thought you would be in Sweden for St. Lucia's Day, drinking delicious coffee.
Thank you so much, M. Peter for sharing this wonderful event with us.
Maria O. Russell

Jeanie said...

Wow, Peter. It must have been fascinating. And you also must have had a good seat (and great lens!). Very nice photos!

joanny said...

Great Photo's of this event... thank you for posting and sharing this special event, looking forward to watching the video you so graciously provided.

Thérèse said...

Tu en as de la chance! J'aurais écouté Jane Goodall avec un réel plaisir puis Jerry Brown.

Shammickite said...

My hope is that the results of the conferences in Paris will bring positive change.... this is the only planet we have. we have to take care of it.

claude said...

Apparemment la COP a du mal à accoucher.
Sous la pluie et presque en hiver le parc Monceau est toujours aussi beau.