Dr Benno Pilardeaux

Head of Media and Public Relations

Phone: 030 263948 12


Preview: Work in progress

WBGU is currently preparing a flagship report on „Towards Our Common Digital Future“ (Summary to be published in April 2019).

Press Release

31.08.2018UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice: Make climate policy ‘just & in-time’
15.03.2018Digitalization and Sustainability: what we need to talk about
04.07.2017Dr. Maja Göpel to become Secretary-General of the WBGU
18.04.2017WBGU supports March for Science on 22 April 2017
22.03.2017WBGU Secretary-General Inge Paulini new President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection
15.02.2017G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting: Global challenges can only be resolved together
22.12.2016Sabine Schlacke and Dirk Messner new chairs of the WBGU
13.12.2016WBGU presents new report to Germany's Federal Government
10.11.2016New members of German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed
21.10.2016Habitat III has ended: Conference comes up short
04.10.2016Habitat III: Make urbanization an issue of international politics
25.04.2016Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities
17.06.2015WBGU chair Schellnhuber presents Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical
17.09.2014New Special Report: Climate Protection as a World-Citizen Movement
04.06.2014New Policy Paper  "Human progress within planetary guard rails. A contribution to the SDG debate“
05.06.2013New Report: Oceans are the heritage of mankind
08.05.2013New members of German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed
01.03.2013Book launch: The Great Transformation as a comic
12.12.2012Global Energy Assessment: Energy Systems Transformation provides Multiple Benefits
23.11.2012Joint Press Release: The prospects for Doha – we must use the time available up to 2020
15.11.2012WBGU-Report „Great Transformation“ now online as E-Course
01.10.2012The WBGU welcomes reversal of EU bioenergy policy
06.09.2012Policy Paper 7: Now mobilize private capital for the global energy transformation! 
27.06.2012TU Berlin awards honorary doctorate to WBGU chair Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
22.06.2012WBGU on the results of Rio+20: Over to you, pioneers!
24.11.2011Joint Press Release: Act And Negotiate In Durban
09.09.2011Schellnhuber to receive prestigious awards
07.04.2011A Social Contract for Sustainability

EU to hold Energy Summit on 4 February: Driving the EU's Energy Turnaround
29.04.2010Climate Policy Post-Copenhagen: A Three-Level Strategy for Success
20.12.2009WBGU on the minimal compromise in Copenhagen: A target – but still no plan of action
01.09.2009New Special Report "Solving the climate dilemma: the budget approach" presented to the German Federal Government
11.05.2009World Ocean Conference in Indonesia: Climate change, ecosystem pollution, destructive extraction – the future of the oceans is at stake
27.02.2009Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber is New Chair, Dirk Messner Vice Chair
03.12.2008German Federal Cabinet appoints new Council members


Submission of report "Future Bioenergy and Sustainable Land Use": Bioenergy for sustainable electricity
15.05.2008 9th Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention to start in Bonn: Removing blockages in global nature conservation
15.12.2007 Bali climate conference closes: Last-minute breakthrough for global climate protection
10.12.2007 UNEP and German Advisory Council on Global Change stress the importance of climate policy for international security
10.12.2007 German Environmental Aid 2007 media award goes to Stefan Rahmstorf
26.09.2007 German Environmental Award goes again to WBGU member
06.06.2007 Report "Climate Change as a Security Risk":
Climate change threatens international stability and security"
01.12.2006 WBGU member Hans Joachim Schellnhuber appointed climate advisor to German government
17.11.2006 Nairobi climate summit concludes: A tiny step forward
29.09.2006 German Environmental Award goes to WBGU member for third time
31.05.2006 Special Report 2006: “The Future Oceans: Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour”
10.12.2005 Glimmer of hope from Montreal – Task now: to circumvent blockade
09.06.2005 Policy Paper: Development needs Environmental Protection: Recommendations for the Millennium + 5 Summit
11.02.2005 Entry into force of Kyoto Protocol: A historic step: too short, too late?
20.01.2005 New chair elected
01.12.2004 German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed again

New Report submitted to the Federal Government: "Effective Environmental Policies are Key to Global Poverty Reduction"

01.11.2004 Royal Distinction for Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
17.03.2004 Policy Paper: renewables2004: Generating leverage for a global transformation of energy systems
25.11.2003 Special Report 2003: Climate Protection Strategies for the 21st Century: Kyoto and Beyond
30.07.2003 Advisor to the German Federal Government appointed EU Advocate-General
10.04.2003 New Report 2003: Towards Sustainable Energy Systems
03.09.2002 WSSD closes: "Snail's pace progress"
03.07.2002 Anniversary Celebration in Berlin: "Scientific council marks 10 years as a force for change in global sustainability policy"

"World Food Summit + 5" in Rome: "Climate change will undermine agriculture in developing countries"

19.04.2002 Fresh hope for forests: 6th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity concludes
12.03.2002 The United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development is due to start in Monterrey, Mexico, on 18–22 March 2002
27.02.2002 New policy paper and special report submitted to the Federal Government of Germany: "Charging the Use of Global Commons"
30.11.2001 International Conference on Freshwater, Bonn: A World Water Charter should be launched
10.11.2001 Climate Conference in Marrakech ends:
Viable framework for international climate protection now in place
18.10.2001 New policy paper submitted to the Federal Government of Germany: "World Summit on Sustainable Development should concentrate on most pressing problem"
25.09.2001 Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification: "International community discusses ways to combat soil degradation"
23.07.2001 Decisive breakthrough in climate negotiations: "Despite disturbing watering down results welcomed" 
13.07.2001 6th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Resumed: "Dangerous Climate Change Can Still Be Averted"
23.05.2001 German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU): "Secretariat shifted to Berlin"
23.02.2001 Network of European Environmental Advisory Councils: "Environment must be at the heart of sustainable development in Europe, say independent advisors"
25.01.2001 Elections:  "Hartmut Graßl be elected as chair of the Council"
20.12.2000 Annual Report 2000: "Strengthen Global Environment Policy by Reforming UN Organizations"
06.12.2000 Decision of the Federal Cabinet: "German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed again"
05.12.2000 COP-4 of the UNCCD: "Bonn Hosts Two-week UN Desertification Conference"
25.11.2000 Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Adjourns without Results: "Has Climate Protection Suffered a 10-Year Setback?".
13.09.2000 Annual Report 1999: "Dramatic loss of biological diversity endangers chances for future generations ".
26.05.2000 Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention Ends Today: "Major advances for the protection of biodiversity".
06.03.2000 Second World Water Forum and Ministerial Conference 17-22 March: "Advances in Global Freshwater Policy".
17.12.1999 Special Report 1999: "Ethics is indivisible: A plea for responsible treatment of nature".
12.11.1999 Third Conference of Parties to the UN Desertification Convention Held in Recife, Brazil: "Soil Conservation again on the Agenda of the UN".
05.11.1999 After the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany: "German Experts Call for new Partnerships on Climate Change".
12.03.1999 Annual Report 1998: "From Damocles to Cassandra: Reassessing global environmental risks".
26.06.1998 WBGU Special Report on the Kyoto Protocol to the Climate Convention: "Method of meeting the commitments endangers progress in climate protection".
03.12.1997 WBGU Special Report for the Climate Conference in Kyoto: "Immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is imperative for global climate protection"
16.06.1997 Annual Report 1997: "Ways towards sustainable management of freshwater resources"
June 1997 Special Session of the UN-General Assembly "Five Years after the Earth Summit": "Refocusing on Global Change as the Central Political Issue"
09.10.1996 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction: "Global Change Increases Vulnerability Against Natural Disasters"
20.09.1996 20.9.1996: Second Term for the WBGU: "German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed again"
31.10.1995 Annual Report 1995: "Global Environmental Policy - Therapy for Patient Earth?"