23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany: SIDE EVENTS with WBGU

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Shape Sustainable Cities for the Future? Challenges for urban governance

   

13:30 – 14:00, German Pavillon, Bonn Zone (Side Event organized by WBGU)

   

The momentum of urbanization and its impacts are so massive that we must face up to this trend. The success or failure of the Great Transformation to sustainability will be decided in the cities. Sabine Schlacke will present recommendations from the WBGU report „Humanity on the move – Unlocking the transformative power of cities“.

   

Speaker: Sabine Schlacke, WBGU Chair 

 

Flyer (pdf)

  

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Friday, November, 10, 2017

Carbon pricing: making polluters pay or selling out our future?

 

German Science Hour (BMBF/ fona event) 

12.30 – 13.30, Bonn Zone | German Pavillon | COP23 

  

Carbon pricing, in the form of carbon taxes and cap & trade schemes, is becoming a pillar of climate policy around the world. Recently it has been argued that it could also help to overcome the cooperation problem at the global level. At the same time, concerns about effectiveness, persistently low prices, interactions with other instruments and distributional effects continue to grow. The session aims at giving an interdisciplinary perspective on the strength and limits of carbon pricing in the pursuit of a low-carbon and inclusive future.

  

Speakers: 

René Haak, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); Grischa Perino, Universität Hamburg

Karen Pittel, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, German Research Foundation (DFG), German Committee Future Earth (DKN), WBGU

Julia Anna Bingler, Germanwatch e. V.

  

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Science in times of fake news

German Science Hour (BMBF/ fona event) 

 

12.30 – 13.30, Bonn Zone | German Pavillon | COP23

 

Science and the IPCC in particular have identified the problem of climate change and the challenges involved to tackle this problem. The UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement are committed to be science-based, but important countries and stakeholder deny the facts. The event will discuss the role of science for climate policy as well as different forms of scepticism and ways to address these.

 

Participants

 

Karl Eugen Hutmacher, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 

Bernhard Pötter, (die tageszeitung, taz) 

Susanne Dröge, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) 

Ellen Matthies, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg / German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) 

Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), former WBGU member

 

Look at:

 

https://www.fona.de/de/german-science-hour-22654.html

  

 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Climate, Carbon and Cities: Assessing Risk, Transforming Sectors, Building the Future

  

13:15 – 14:45, COP venue, Bonn Zone, meeting room 7 (side Event jointly organized by ADB, TERI and WBGU)

   

This event, organized by ADB, TERI, and WBGU, explores recent studies on climate impacts in Asia-Pacific, on urban transformations, and on decarbonization in India. We offer insights on how to contribute to the transformation to a low-emissions, resilient and inclusive future.

   

Speakers: 

   

Bambang Susantono, Vice-President, ADB: A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific   

Mr. A. K. Saxena, Senior Fellow & Director, TERI: Enabling Decarbonization of the Power Sector in India   

Dirk Messner, Chair, WBGU and John Schellnhuber, WBGU and Director, PIK: Humanity on the Move: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Cities

 

Flyer (pdf)

   

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Transformation – turning the climate tide

 

German Science Hour (BMBF/ fona event) 

12.30 – 13.30, Bonn Zone | German Pavillon | COP23

 

Both limiting global warming as required by the Paris Agreement and unabated climate change will require transformational change. However, besides climate change human kind is facing additional challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals provide an integrative approach for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend. 

 

Participants: 

 

René Haak, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 

John Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) / German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Dorothea Epperlein, Youth Alliance for Future Energies 

Genevieve Jiva, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network 

Jean Paul Brice Affana, Germanwatch 

 

Look at:

 

https://www.fona.de/de/german-science-hour-22654.html

   

 

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WBGU exhibit

(Bonn Zone, First Floor, Booth number G.16.03)