Recent extreme weather events -- such as floods, heat waves, and droughts -- present a vivid image of the direction the world is heading.

Such events, combined with longer-term environmental changes -- like rising seas, melting glaciers, and shifting precipitation patterns -- will have profound impacts on people, businesses, ecosystems, and our environment.

Together, these changes call for different approaches to national-level planning and policymaking to address climate change.

The recently released World Resources 2010-2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate, a joint venture between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and WRI, seeks to help governments focus on how such complex public policy decisions should be made.


  • Manish Bapna, Interim President, WRI
  • Kelly Levin, Research Director, World Resources Report
  • Pablo Suarez, Associate Director of Programs, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • Ambassador Shankar Sharma of Nepal

The event featured a presentation on the report's findings from Manish Bapna and Kelly Levin, followed by a response by Ambassador Shankar Sharma of Nepal, a Q&A period and a risk-based game facilitated by Pablo Suarez.

Update 11 Nov 2011 - Video of the presentations:

Update 11 Nov 2011 - Photos from the event: