January 17, 2018

2nd “Pariser Platz Allocution”

Baron Erst Ulrich von Weizsäcker – Picture by Stephan Röhl, Heinrich Böll Stiftung through Wikipedia free licence.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz, Berlin: The second “Pariser Platz Allocution” was held by the German politician and scientist Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker.

Allianz Forum is located adjacent to the world-renowned Branderburg Gate. Just after the Bonn Climate Conference, the participants were interested in discussing its implications, between freedom and public welfare, between prosperity and sustainability.

After hosting Peace Prize Winner, Prof. Muhammad Yunus for the first round, the “Pariser Platz Allocution” was able to win for the second tour, the natural scientist and Social Democratic politician, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. He is founding president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, which is deemed as rather prestigious in questions of environmental and sustainability matters. He used to head a parliamentary (Bundestag) commission on globalisation, former Director of UNO Center for Science and Technology in New York as well as Co-Chairman of the Club of Rome.

In 2015 all UN state members voted for the “Sustainable Development Goals”  to pave the way for a sustainable world economy and social development. For Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker such goals require profound changes in the economical growth expectations. 

Der Pariser Platz, east of Brandenburg Gate, laid during the German partition in the middle of the Berlin sectors’ border. Thus was the location a symbol of partition yet since 1989 a symbol for unity, politics and tourism. So it is a duty for the community around the Pariser Platz to protect its heritage in a special manner. This second allocution was supported by acatech – German Academy of Technology, Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste), Allianz Stiftungsforum Pariser Platz, AXICA Kongress- und Tagungszentrum, CAMPUS Pariser Platz Veranstaltungs GmbH, Commerzbank, DZ BANK, ICUnet.AG, Informational Bureau of the European Parliament in Germany, Genisis Institute for Social Innovation, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Foundation Brandenburger Tor, Representation of the European Commission in Germany. 

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