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Living with Global Risk

Venue: The Atrium, Student Services Centre, Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2

Launch: Thursday 6 October, 8pm-9pm
Exhibition open to the public: Friday 7-Friday 21 October, 9-6pm each day

A boy weeps over the remains of his family's simple stone home in Darfur, Sudan. Thousands of miles away decapitated palm trees are all that remains along Aceh's coastline after the tsunami hit Indonesia last December.

These are some of the compelling images on public view at LSE this month. The photographic exhibition, Living with Global Risk, asks viewers to reflect on the nature of risks - ecological, technological, financial or terrorist.

Organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance (CSGG) and Panos Pictures, this exhibition marks the launch of the Yearbook Global Civil Society 2005-06.

Yearbook managing editor Fiona Holland explained: 'It might seem that migration, the tsunami, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, climate change or Hurricane Katrina share little in common. In fact, although they affect us differently, depending on where we live and how we perceive them, these global risks do contribute to the sense of a global community. Witness, for example, the public response to the tsunami and, paradoxically, the lack of response to the situation in Darfur.

'We wanted to illustrate in a compelling and stimulating way the nature of these global risks - and what global civil society is doing in response. People's attitudes and action towards these risks is influenced by the many non governmental organisation campaigns, activists networks and faith-based organisations that are able to unite concerns and press for greater global cooperation. But, of course, that response in itself involves taking risks.

'For this Yearbook, the fifth in the series, we wanted to reach a broader audience. An exhibition of Panos Pictures' striking images seemed another good way to encourage reflection and spark debate.'

Global Civil Society 2005-06 features chapters on climate change, UN reform, the social forums, labour migration, ingenious uses of wireless technology and the extent of global connectedness. The Yearbook is a collaboration between CSGG and the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, the Center for Civil Society at UCLA and Sage Publications.

The photography exhibition opens after the a panel discussion Global Risk: how civil society responds|, with speakers Professor Lord Giddens, former director of LSE, and Professor of Global Governance and Yearbook editor-in-chief, Mary Kaldor.

To view the free exhibition, go to the Atrium in the Student Services Centre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A.

Ends

To attend the launch or for press information, please email Judith Higgin, j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7582.

Notes:

Panos Pictures is a London-based independent photo agency representing freelance photographers worldwide, with a bank of some 500,000 images. See http://www.panos.co.uk/| 

The Centre for the Study of Global Governance was established in 1992 by Professor Lord Desai, and has pioneered research into globalisation. Today it is led by co-directors Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science David Held and Professor of Global Governance Mary Kaldor. See http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/global/researchgcspub.htm|  

28 September 2005

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