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Wolfson Fellow Professor Lena Dominelli attends UNFCCC Climate Change talks

(16 January 2012)

Wolfson Fellow Professor Lena Dominelli attended the UNFCCC Climate Change talks, COP17 in Durban, South Africa (29 November to 10 December 2011). She represented the social work profession at the talks where in addition to attending official meetings, she organised an exhibition entitled, 'Unsung Heroes: Empowering Disaster Survivors and Communities through Social Work Practice'. 

Professor Lena Dominelli attended the UNFCCC Climate Change talks, COP17 in Durban, South Africa (29 November to 10 December 2011). She represented the social work profession at the talks where in addition to attending official meetings, she organised an exhibition entitled, 'Unsung Heroes: Empowering Disaster Survivors and Communities through Social Work Practice'.  This exhibition show-cased development initiatives and research into climate change and related disasters undertaken by academics at Durham University amongst others, and included the BIOPICCC and Internationalising Institutional and Professional Practices Project that involve Prof Dominelli.  She also gave a presentation entitled, 'Care Matters: Gender, Social Relations, the Built Infrastructure and Climate Change' at one of the 'side events' linked to the COP 17 which was well-received by the NGO community.  As a result of this presentation, Prof Dominelli was asked to play a leading role in drafting the NGO statement on the impact of climate change on women across the world. This was then presented at a press conference by the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development and the Women's Research Network on Climate Change.

 

In addition, as another side activity, Prof Dominelli accompanied colleagues from the University of KwaZulu Natal to visit social workers at the LOVU Care Centre located in a deprived community on the outskirts of Durban and went on to talk to young people who had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and had to run their own households with limited social work support.  She then raised the issue of child poverty with the Premier of KwaZulu Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, when they met at one of the COP17 meetings.

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