Edinburgh: minister from El Salvador to launch environment series

Minister Herman Rosa Chávez

Minister Herman Rosa Chávez

Following the disappointment of the Copenhagen Environment Summit Cop15 last month, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh is hosting a series of meetings to consider 'what now?'.

The After Copenhagen Series, part of the Centre's ongoing Environment Series, will bring various people to the Centre through the course of the coming year who were involved in Copenhagen, others who have campaigned and followed it closely, and others still who now suffer its effects.  Opening the Series will be Minister Herman Rosa Chávez, Minister of the Environment in the Government of El Salvador, who represented El Salvador in the Copenhagen negotiations.

The Director of the Lauriston Jesuit Centre, Father Chris Boles SJ, says they are delighted that the Minister has accepted their invitation. "We will hear from him first hand what went on in Copenhagen, why a deal was so hard to reach and why it failed, and what it now means for international development and in particular for El Salvador and other countries like his.  Before going into government, Minister Chávez studied at Heriot Watt University, so he is no stranger to Scotland, but this is his first visit here for many years."

The meeting will take place on Sunday evening, 17 January 2010, at 6pm.  Admission is free, though donations are always appreciated; refreshments will follow.

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