The Future Starts Here
Supported by Volkswagen Group
Summer scorched everyone and everything in the West. Why hasn’t the world made any progress despite this ‘desolation’? Why did Copenhagen fail and why the diplomatic triumphalism of the Paris Accord's march to nowhere? Why are the global powers blind to the plight of the non-emergent poor countries of the South? What ought to be done?
The Sharjah Architecture Triennale is the first major international exhibition of architecture to focus on the Global South. The inaugural event scheduled to open in November 2019 is on the ‘Rights of Future Generations’. The theme is a response to the catastrophic impact of climate change on our planet.
As part of this initiative, a working group led by Amb. Lumumba Di-Aping is being formed with the intention of drafting a Convention on the Rights of Future Generations; this lecture marks the launch of this effort.
Lumumba Di-Aping, a former McKinsey consultant, was the Sudanese Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission at UN HQ, Lead Negotiator for Developing Countries on Energy, Environment, Trade and Global Governance. He was Chairman of the G77+China group of 132 developing nations and led the block’s negotiation on Reform of the International Financial Institutions and at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. He served as Chairman of the African Group, and as Founding Member of the Sudan Human Rights Organization. Currently he is leading a working group on the Rights of Future Generations with a focus on climate justice, the Anthropocene and global governance, sustainable & green economic development and investment, renewable energy.
The evening also includes a wine reception and late night entry into The Future Starts Here exhibition.
Hosted by the V&A Museum in conjunction with the Sharjah Architecture Triennial and the Royal College of Art London.