Highlights 04.11.2017

German Committee Future Earth at COP23

In the next two weeks the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will convene in Bonn to specify national contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The period from the 6th to the 17th of November will be one of ambitious negotiations that encourages all sectors of society and the economy to align their action with the Paris Agreement and in particular to invest in the transition to low carbon societies and a more sustainable economy. The negotiations will be complemented by a series of events where international climate players from governments, society and science have the opportunity to discuss activities and ideas.

The German Committee Future Earth is delighted to organise together with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and many other partners, three events that share the importance of scientific knowledge in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

Our activites are:

Monday, 06.11.2017, 15:00-16:30 (Bonn Zone, room 7)      
Side event on "Catalysing climate action, realizing the SDGs: science, interconnections & implementation".

In this side event we will focus on the interconnections between sustainable development and a low-carbon, climate resilient futures. The panellists will particularly examine the contribution of research to better understand these interactions and their trade-offs on-the-ground, that is at the implementation level especially in developing countries. System-thinking and partnerships with decision-makers will be central to this endeavour. Amongst others speakers are Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research & WCRP) & Asun St. Clair (DNV GL & Future Earth). This event is jointly organised by German Committee Future Earth, DFG, the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research, the German Development Institute, and the African Centre for Technology Studies; in collaboration with Future Earth and WCRP.

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Friday, 10.11.2017, 12:30-13:30 (Bonn Zone, German Pavilion) 
Science Hour on "Carbon pricing: Making polluters pay or selling out our future?"

The Science Hour will shed light on the potential and limits of carbon taxes and of cap and trade schemes. Whether carbon pricing can and should become a pillar of climate policy around the world will be discussed by Karen Pittel (ifo) and Grischa Perino (University of Hamburg). They will give an interdisciplinary perspective on the strength and limits of carbon pricing in the pursuit of a low-carbon and inclusive future. The event is jointly organised by German Committee Future Earth, DFG, and the Hamburg University.

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Wednesday, 15.11.2017, 10:00-12:00 (Wissenschaftszentrum,  Ahrstraße 45, Bonn, room K1) 
Public Event on "How do cities contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement & the SDGs?”    

This dialogue session will discuss the challenges and advances of cities regarding the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The event will address also how science can support cities in their efforts to become more sustainable. The keynote speaker Maria Alexandra Kurth (Cities Alliance Brussels) will provide a global perspective on urban sustainability. The mayor of the city of Bonn Ashok Sridharan is one of the participants of the discussion panel.  Together with Cornelia Rösler (German Institute of Urban Affairs), Ashok Sridharan and deputy mayors from German cities will discuss the contributions of cities to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. The discussion is moderated by Florian Koch (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig) and Kerstin Krellenberg (Tilia GmbH Leipzig). This event is organised by German Committee Future Earth, particularly the Co-Design Project Group "SDGs auf urbaner Ebene", in collaboration with Future Earth, Global Hub Paris.

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About the German Committee Future Earth: 
The German Committee Future Earth acts as a national research advisory board in the field for global sustainability and for issues related to national and international activities within global the research programme Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) as well as strategic issues related to e.g. the Belmont Forum, the International Council of Science (ICSU), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). Together with IASS and SDSN Germany the German Committee Future Earth organises the ‘Science Platform Sustainability 2030’ of Germany.