Climate Change and Human Responses

International Conference



October 31 - November 2 2018


Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong, China


Professor Dr. Andreas Oberheitmann, FOM; Professor Dr. Klaus Zimmermann, GLO;



Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It does not only have massive impacts on eco-systems, but also on societies and business, in particular for global production chains, value-adding and labour markets.

The consequences on the global economy, not to talk about adaptation in business operations, are not fully understood. Rising sea levels, floods and droughts, changing agricultural patterns – tremendous economic losses and migration of labor force will lead to unforeseeable consequences on human wellbeing, public health, labor performance and productivity. Mitigation and adaptation measures might have positive impacts on local and regional economies and labor markets – but with huge sectoral differences. Shifting from carbon-based economies to renewable ones might create new source of value and increase demand of skilled labour in many countries in the world – but might lead to losses elsewhere.

Against this background, the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and FOM University of Applied Sciences Essen organize an international conference in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation | Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific to discuss these issues.

Participants are renowned researchers, politicians and entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Asia, Europe and the US.


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What consequences will climate change have?

Climate Change has various impacts on the world economy which influence each other in complex ways. The conference aims on understanding those issues and point out feasable options.

Contact person

Dr. Peter Hefele

Head of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia and Pacific

Dr. Peter Hefele
Phone +852 28822245
Fax +852 28828515
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ Magyar


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