Image gallery: 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture

24 November 2014
Diplomats, policy-makers and researchers attended the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture at the British Library in London on 20 November, and a selection of images from the night can now be viewed.

Leading Africa and climate change expert Fatima Denton delivered the lecture on the theme: Rewriting the narrative on Africa and climate change – a case of "standing knee deep in the river and dying of thirst".

Denton is an internationally known expert in the field of climate change adaptation, sustainable agriculture and policy development. She is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is also the director of the special initiatives division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Denton said the time had come for Africa to seize climate change as a business opportunity, and an opportunity that would bring growth, opportunity and job creation.

Denton's lecture was followed by a lively discussion session led by IIED board chair Rebeca Grynspan, and a drinks reception.

Barbara Ward was a renowned speaker whose lectures influenced audiences around the world. In honour of her pioneering work in sustainable development and the inspiration she gave to many in the field, IIED organises lectures by the current generation of outstanding women in development. 

Previous speakers have included former Ireland President Mary RobinsonConnie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action; South Africa MP Lindiwe Sisulu, and Cristiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Click on the gallery below to expand the images and reveal captions, while you can also watch Denton's full lecture.

The Barbara Ward Lecture signage at the British Library for the 2014 event (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)IIED Director Camilla Toulmin and board chair Rebeca Grynspan look at images of institute founder Barbara Ward (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)IIED Director Camilla Toulmin introduces the lecture on rewriting the narrative of Africa and climate change (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)Fatima Denton, director of the special initiatives division at UNECA, delivers the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)Fatima Denton addresses the audience at the British Library (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)Audience members applaud as Fatima Denton outlines why Africa should seize climate change as a business opportunity (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)IIED board chair Rebeca Grynspan moderates the question-and-answer session that followed the lecture (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)The audience pose questions to the panel (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)IIED board chair Rebeca Grynspan picks out a member of the audience to ask a question as she moderates the Q&A session (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)Fatima Denton talks to guests after her lecture (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)
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