Sabine Schlacke and Dirk Messner new chairs of the WBGU


Berlin, 22. December 2016. In their constituting session, today, the members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) have elected Sabine Schlacke and Dirk Messner as their co-chairs for the coming two years. Due to various other commitments Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber – who previously co-chaired the council with Dirk Messner – did not run for another term. He will continue to constructively contribute to the work of the WBGU.


Sabine Schlacke is Director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law at the University of Münster and a judge at the Constitutional Court of Bremen.


Dirk Messner is Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies on Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


WBGU members have been appointed by the German Federal Government on November 9th 2016. They were appointed until October 31st 2020. Members of the council are Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Ulrike Grote, Ellen Matthies, Dirk Messner, Karen Pittel, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Ina Schieferdecker, Sabine Schlacke and Uwe Schneidewind.


In its report, the WBGU recommends that the group of twenty major industrialized and emerging economies (G20) provide strong leadership and vigorously tackle the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, both adopted in 2015. These two agreements are gaining even greater significance in view of the growing tensions and divisions both in global politics and in many national societies. This applies even more after the presidential election in the USA. Sustainable development, particularly global climate protection, is currently the only ambitious project involving all the world’s nations on which a consensus could be reached. States can build mutual trust through successes in this important policy field. In this way, the Great Transformation towards sustainability also becomes a peace project. 


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