EUCC Contribution to Global Sustainable Development Report 2016

By Dr. Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate and Global Change

Building upon the 2014 and 2015 reports, the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016 contributes to strengthening the science-policy interface for sustainable development in the context of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and to build knowledge on implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The preparation of the report involved an , multistakeholder process drawing upon scientific and technical expertise from within and outside the United Nations.  More than 245 scientists and experts based in 27 countries, including 13 developing countries, contributed to the report, and 62 policy briefs were submitted. 


Magdalena Muir was a contributor to Chapter 3: Perspectives on Scientists on Technology and the SDGs_on behalf of the of the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) and the Arctic Institute of North America, Universities of Calgary and Alaska Fairbank. Chapter 3 of the GSDR discusses perspectives of scientists on the role of technology to achieve the SDGs. The EUCC contributions focused on the role of technology in coastal and marine areas, for integrated water management including groundwaters,  renewable energy and energy efficiency and climate adaptation.
Further information

UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

United Nations, 2016, Global Sustainable Development Report 2016, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, July 2016. (pdf version)
United Nations, 2016, Global Sustainable Development Report 2016, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, July 2016. (online version)
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Global Sustainable Development Report 201, Recent Video Video, and Chapter and Brief: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate; and Climate Editor

The GSDR is an intergovernmentally-mandated report on the science-policy interface for sustainable development, was presented to UN Member States at the High Level Political Forum on 30 June, 2015. The Forum is a new body expected to be tasked with monitoring the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda, anchored by 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Following the launch of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2015 Edition in June, Member State representatives, scientists and UN officials reflect on its findings and usefulness for policymakers in a newly released video.


The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) has participated in the GSDR for 2014 and 2015. For GSDR 2015, EUCC was active with Chapter and Brief 3: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus.

Chapter 3 is important as it demonstrate the necessity of using an integrated approach when dealing with oceans, seas, marine resources and human well being at all regions and all levels. Scientific gaps of information and knowledge for climate impacts on oceans and ocean acidification are particularly identified and highlighted.
Further Information:

UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1758GSDR%202015%20Advance%20Unedited%20Version.pdf

Chapter 3: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2015/chapter3

Brief 3 The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1870GSDR%202015%20Briefs.pdf

Annex I: Extended version of Table 3-1: Important inter-linkages between oceans, seas, marine resources and human well-being

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7435GSDR%202015_Chapter%203_Annex%20I_Extended%20table%203.1_220715.pdf

Extended version of Table 3-4: Selected regional and local case studies of addressing threats affecting the nexus

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7435GSDR%202015_Chapter%203_Annex%20I_Extended%20table%203.1_050615.pdf

UN DESA News Release:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=911&type=230&menu=2059

Global Sustainable Development Report 2014:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2014

Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Science Conference starts from July 7 to 10, in Paris, France

By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor

Registration is now closed for this event, which more than 2000 persons registered to attend. However there are many ways to follow this event by twitter, blog and Youtube. ENews will be reporting daily highlights of this event.

Building on the findings of IPCC AR5 (5th assessment report), the scientific conference “Our common future under climate change”, taking place in Paris, Unesco, in July (7-10), 2015, will present updated knowledge and address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change.

The main objective of COP 21 that will take place in Paris in December 2015 is to produce a cooperation framework for a steady increase of individual and collective ambition of governments who will have presented their contributions early in 2015. The new climate governance regime is supposed to strengthen confidence, support implementation, maximize benefits of international cooperation, and bring all stakeholders to the realization that a new development model (low carbon, resilient) is actually emerging.

For science, the question has progressively shifted from consolidating the scientific basis for assessing risks and options for action, to defining the form that action has to take in order to engage in a necessary transition to low-carbon and adapted economies and societies. For stakeholders, the question has shifted from reasons for action to the form action has to take.

The scientific community, in partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, plays a major role for shaping our future under climate change, by identifying potential sustainable futures and innovations at different spatial and time scales, by designing and assessing relevant and coherent solutions, policies and measures, and therefore increasing the credibility of the Paris agreement.

  • The conference will be the major opportunity for scientists, stakeholders and the larger public, to take stock of existing knowledge, explore and identify innovative solutions, discuss them, and prepare for an ambitious post 2015 climate governance regime.

Further Information:

Conference Website: http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/

Abstract Book: http://pool7.kermeet.com/C/ewe/ewex/unesco/DOCS/CFCC_abstractBook.pdf

Detailed programme: http://cfcc.event.y-congress.com/ScientificProcess/Schedule/index.html?setLng=en#

Press and Media
Initial press release 
One can follow the conference at:
  • Twitter – @ClimatParis2015 #CFCC15
  • The conference blog  or http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/Blog.htm
  • The conference YouTube channel (opening on July 7th), watch the plenary sessions
  • Flickr (opening on July 7th)

Scientific Program and Agenda:

Tue 07 July

  • 07:3017:30Check-in at UNESCO Headquarters 
  • 07:3008:30session test ajout de résuméPlenary session
  • 09:0010:30Opening Plenary SessionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session
  • 11:0013:00Plenary Session 1: State of Knowledge on Climate ChangeUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session
  • 13:0018:00Posters (List of concerned Posters available here)UNESCO Fontenoy – MIROPoster
  • 14:3016:00L1.1 – Climate variability and change over the last millenniaUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVLarge Parallel Session
  • 14:3016:00L1.2 – Climate Change and Land Systems: Impacts and FeedbacksUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM ILarge Parallel Session
  • 14:3016:00L1.3 – Climate Change and Ocean Systems: Impacts and FeedbacksUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IILarge Parallel Session
  • 14:3016:00L1.4 – Climate change and healthUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XILarge Parallel Session
  • 14:3016:00L1.5 – Climate variability, change and vulnerability in the Pacific, Indian and Southern OceansUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIILarge Parallel Session
  • 16:3018:001102 – From past to future Climate ChangesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001105 (a) – Assessing climate observationsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001107 – Sea level rise and ice sheetsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IXParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001118 (a) – Attribution of extreme events: How are high impact extreme events changing and why ?UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001119 (a) – Extreme hydrological events: Deciphering changes in hazard and risk at different time-scalesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001123 – Climate change education for sustainable developmentUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002212 (a) – Climate change and freshwater – 1: State of knowledgeUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002231 – Cultural Heritage facing up to Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and PollutionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 16:3018:001103 – Climate variability and external forcings of the Common Era with special focus on the role of volcanic eruptionsUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 17:0018:301104 – Climate services and information: from global change to local decisionsUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 307 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301106 – The Earth’s energy imbalance and exchanges at the atmosphere-ocean interface: from fundamental research to societal concernUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 201 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301108 – Middle Atmosphere influence on ClimateUPMC Jussieu – Amphi AstierParallel Session
  • 17:0018:301109 – Understanding the Earth’s changing water cycleUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 107 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301112 – The Arctic Climate systemUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 25Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301116 – Biogeochemical feedbacks to climate changeUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301121 – Air Pollution and Climate Change linkages and Health Impact AssessmentUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301122 – Global warming hiatusUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 15Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:302229 – Cities and their environments: Assessing Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation strategies across scales from rural to urbanUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 24Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:302242 – Migration dynamics under current and future climate changeUPMC Jussieu – Amphi DurandParallel Session
  • 17:0018:302245 – Modelling the complexities of the Earth SystemUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 105 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:303314 – Innovate for addressing climate change challenges: examples from different industriesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 207 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:303329 – How Might East African Landscapes Respond to Future Climate Change?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 103 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:0018:301115 – GHG MonitoringUPMC Jussieu – Amphi HerpinParallel Session
  • 18:3019:30Posters (list of concerned Posters available here)UPMC Jussieu – Posters (Block 24)Poster

Wed 08 July

  • 07:3017:30Check-in at UNESCO Headquarters (No registration on-site. Participants will be given the Conference material) In order to access the plenary sessions, we strongly advise all participants to arrive up to one hour in advanceUNESCO – Entrance (125, Avenue de Suffren)Check-in
  • 09:0011:00Plenary Session 2: Landscapes of Our Common FutureUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session
  • 11:3013:00L2.2 – New pledges (INDCs) for 2025/2030UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM ILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L2.1 – Drivers of Change and Visions of DevelopmentUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L2.3 – Climatic Variability and the Social and Human Dimensions of VulnerabilityUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L2.4 – Early Warning for Thresholds and Tipping Points in the Earth SystemUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVLarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L2.5 – Food and water security under climate changeUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IILarge Parallel Session
  • 13:0018:00Posters (list of concerned Posters available here)UNESCO Fontenoy – MIROPoster
  • 13:3014:30The Guardian’s divestment campaign – the rights and wrongs of journalism as advocacyUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIISpecial session
  • 14:3016:001105 (b) – Quality and availability of data for global sustainabilityUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002204 – A world above 2°C global warming: understanding risks and developing transformative solutionsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002211 – Climate change in mountains: from impacts to resilienceUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIVParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002215 (a) – Tropical degraded forests response to global change: current knowledge and cross-cutting research challenges for monitoring and processes understandingUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002219 (a) – Politics and numbers: Political and technical challenges in reducing emissions from forests with REDD+UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002220 – Landscape level adaptation and mitigation: integrating science, policy and practiceUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002222 – Semi-Arid Regions AdaptationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IXParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002234 – Building Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes: Sustainable Solutions Grounded in Socio- Cultural ContextUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002238 – Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Science in Collaboration for Our Common FutureUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002239 -Co-production of knowledge : How to interact to produce climate adaptation research, between scientific communities and stakeholders, at local or international, also between North and South countries?UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 14:3016:002243 – Multi scale adaptation and responses in vulnerable coastal sectors under climate change risksUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 15:0016:301117 – Climate variability and external forcings of the Common Era with special focus on the role of volcanic eruptionsUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 14/24Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:301101 – From the Holocene to the Anthropocene: the history of human-environmental interactionsUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 103 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302201 – Between the cracks of future climate projections: exploring weather events and climate scenarios with no precedenceUPMC Jussieu – Amphi HerpinParallel Session
  • 15:0016:302202 – Turn down the Heat: Climate Change Impacts, Development and Lock-inUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302203 – Defining dangerous climate change: Contributions from the AR5 ‘Key Risks’ and ‘Reasons for Concern’ frameworks and future directionsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi DurandParallel Session
  • 15:0016:302205 – Multi-sectoral analysis of risks to climate change (hot spots) at 2 °C warmingUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302206 – The World in 2050 – What does it look like and how do we get there?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 105 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302208 – Deep-sea ecosystems and climate-change: new perspectives to address knowledge gaps in impact assessmentUPMC Jussieu – Amphi AstierParallel Session
  • 15:0016:302213 – Ecological feedbacks to climate changeUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 24Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302223 – Modeling Our Agricultural FutureUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 25Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302228 – Removing Barriers to Climate Change Mitigation at City LevelUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 15Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302230 – Transport and climate change: mitigation and adaptation measures for transport infrastructuresUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 107 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303322 (a) – Representation of technological dynamics and societal transformationUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 201 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303331 – Forest landscape management to create resilience in the face of climate change in West and Central AfricaUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 307 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:304415 (a) – Urban policies for Accessibility, Mobility and Informal settlements in the Global South to cope with Climate Change: Emerging Issues, Innovations and OpportunitiesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 207 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303327 – Adapting to Arctic Climate ChangeUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 309 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0019:00Posters (list of concerned Posters available here)UPMC Jussieu – Posters (Block 24)Poster
  • 16:3018:001110 – Observing the changing ocean climateUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIVParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002209 – Transformative pathways to sustain marine ecosystems and their services under climate changeUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002214 – Climate-ready adaptation for conservation and ecosystem servicesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002216 – Climate smart forestry- Integrating mitigation and adaptation into sustainable developmentUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002217 – Global scenarios of land-use change and land-based mitigation, and their importance in the climate systemUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002218 – Land-based mitigation: agriculture, forests, bioenergyUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IXParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002219 (b) – Politics and numbers: Political and technical challenges in reducing emissions from forests with REDD+UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002225 – Climate Smart Agriculture: Propaganda or Paradigm Shift?UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002241 – New representations and new frames for the climate change debateUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002215 (b) – Tropical degraded forests response to global change: current knowledge and cross-cutting research challenges for monitoring and processes understanding (Merged with ex-session 2244 – Climate Change Biodiversity and Human Well-Being : illustration from forests and agro-forests systems)UNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003321 (a) – Health ResponsesUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 17:3019:002240 – Perceptions of climate changeUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 14/24Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:001111 – Climate variability, change and vulnerability in the Pacific, Indian and Southern OceansUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 107 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:001113 – Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms and ImpactsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi DurandParallel Session
  • 17:3019:001114 – Global emissions and their implications for climate targetsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 24Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:001118 (b) – Attribution of extreme events: How are High impact extreme events changing and why?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 307 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:001119 (b) – Extreme hydrological events: deciphering changes in hazard and risk at different time-scalesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 207 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:002207 – Ocean Change: Understanding and projecting the impacts of warming and acidification on natural and human systemsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 15Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:002210 – Coastal Impacts of Climate ChangeUPMC Jussieu – Amphi HerpinParallel Session
  • 17:3019:002212 (b) – Climate change and freshwater – 2: Shaping the FutureUPMC Jussieu – Amphi AstierParallel Session
  • 17:3019:002226 – Health and climate change : the need for a diversity of approachesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 105 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:002233 – Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: International and Urban approachesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:002235 – Reinforcing ResilienceUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 25Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003322 (b) – Development of pathways: their mix of endogenous and exogenous uncertainties and their future under a changing climateUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 201 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003330 (a) – Facing climate change in Sub-Saharan AfricaUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004413 (a) – Technology, transformations and capabilities in developing countriesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 309 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004418 (a) – Information for decision-making – How to engage in future thinking or plan for the long termUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 103 – Block 24/34Parallel Session

Thu 09 July

  • 07:3017:30Check-in at UNESCO Headquarters (No registration on-site. Participants will be given the Conference material) In order to access the plenary sessions, we strongly advise all participants to arrive up to one hour in advanceUNESCO – Entrance (125, Avenue de Suffren)Check-in
  • 09:0011:00Plenary Session 3: Responding to Climate Change ChallengesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session
  • 11:3013:00L3.1 – Socio-economics and Instruments for Transforming the Energy SectorUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L3.2 – Technologies for Transforming the Energy SectorUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM ILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L3.3 – Managing Transitions in CitiesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L3.4 – Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Biodiversity ConservationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L3.5 – Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation at the Landscape ScaleUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVLarge Parallel Session
  • 13:0018:00Posters (list of concernned Posters available here)UNESCO Fontenoy – MIROPoster
  • 14:3016:003303 – Decarbonizing Electricity/Electricity TransitionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003305 – Energy efficiency as a core means to decarbonize demandUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003313 – Coordinated Adaptation to Climate ChangeUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003320 – Food Systems and Food Security: Health and EnvironmentUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003325 (a) – Overcoming barriers to transitions: knowledge to action and the importance of communicationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003330 (b) – Facing climate change in Sub-Saharan AfricaUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003335 – Climate Change Mitigation in Latin AmericaUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIVParallel Session
  • 14:3016:004406 (a) – Climate change and Development: Alleviating poverty and achieving inclusive development within the constraints of a global carbon budget and other planetary boundariesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:004413 (b) – Environmental policies to enable innovation and transformationUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003338- European Collaborative Research and Innovation for Climate ActionUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 14:3016:003343 – Innovative technologies to mitigate climate change : priorities among countriesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IXParallel Session
  • 15:0016:302224 – Agrarian and pastoral societies: adaptive strategies and innovationsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 15Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:302237 (a) – Planetary Economics (1): Costs of Inaction and Benefits of Policy ActionUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 309 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303302 – Key Energy Technologies for Low Carbon PathwaysUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 24Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303312 – Planning and assessing adaptation: Frameworks, methods and resultsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 25Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303317 – Mainstreaming low carbon consumption : challenges and opportunitiesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 201 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303321 (b) – Health ResponsesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 107 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303324 – Paradigms for Building Resilience from Cross-scale Integrated Risk Governance PerspectivesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303340 – Conflict and Climate ChangeUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:303342 – Developing Capacity through Low Carbon Initiatives, Climate Adaptation and Increased Resilience to Climate Impacts in the Asia-Pacific RegionUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 14/24Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:304405 – On the macroeconomic opportunity of climate policyUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 307 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:304409 (a) – Climate Governance: Driving Societal TransformationsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi HerpinParallel Session
  • 15:0016:304410 – Citizens and governments as drivers of cultural and political changeUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 105 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:304411 – Can the Green Economy save the climate?UPMC Jussieu – Amphi DurandParallel Session
  • 15:0016:304418 (b) – Information for decision making – Improve availability, access and use of informationUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 103 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0016:304420 (a) – How to price carbon for industry?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 207 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 15:0020:30Posters (list of concerned Posters available here)UPMC Jussieu – Posters (Block 24)Poster
  • 15:0016:303326 – The Mediterranean Basin in a warmer and drier world : challenges and opportunitiesUPMC Jussieu – Amphi AstierParallel Session
  • 16:3018:002232 – The Copernicus Climate Change Service : an European answer to Climate Change ChallengesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IXParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003304 – Climate change, carbon budgets and energy sector regulationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003306 – Transitioning from fossil fuels and avoiding lock-insUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003316 – Towards solutions that transcend technology and markets: The role of choices and behaviour changeUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003328 – Climate Change Challenges, Adaptation Barriers and ResponsesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003333 – China’s climate policies and low-carbon innovationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003337 -Facing floods and climate challenges: designing governance arrangements and unlocking financing on the pathway to resilient citiesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003339 – Effective design and implementation of EU climate policyUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIVParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003341 – Gender and Climate Change: From Vulnerability to Mainstreaming in Adaptation and MitigationUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 16:3018:004415 (b) -Transformative solutions for urban sustainability governance: Multi-level government and cross-sectoral collaboration for efficient climate actionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 16:3018:003336 – Post-2030 Decarbonisation pathways in EuropeUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 17:3019:002236 – Scenarios, public deliberation and decisionsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi AstierParallel Session
  • 17:3019:003301 – Climate Intervention: Evaluating its Risks, Benefits, and PotentialUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3018:593307 – Negative emissions for climate change stabilization & the role of CO2 geological storageUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003309 – Costs and benefits of adaptation: Lessons from developed and developing countriesUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 25Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003310 – Climate finance at scale: emerging opportunities?UPMC Jussieu – Amphi 24Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003311 – Climate mitigation policies – learning, evaluating and comparing national experiencesUPMC Jussieu – Amphi DurandParallel Session
  • 17:3019:003318 – Sustainable strategies to mitigate climate and improve public health in developed and developing countriesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 307 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003323 – Governance and JusticeUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 103 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003332 – Asia on the Frontlines: Projected Impacts, Vulnerability and AdaptationUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 101 – Block 14/24Parallel Session
  • 17:3018:594402 (a) – Low carbon pathways for staying below 2°C: Global requirementsUPMC Jussieu – Amphi HerpinParallel Session
  • 17:3019:004404 – Climate finance: New sources, new instruments, more effects?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 107 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004407 – The Challenges and Opportunities of Multilevel Adaptation GovernanceUPMC Jussieu – Amphi 15Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004408 – Risk and InsuranceUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 309 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004414 -Transformative solutions across scales: social learning, science, policy and dialoguesUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 105 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:004420b – What role of carbon pricing in a post Paris world?UPMC Jussieu – ROOM 207 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 17:3019:003308 – Fiscal ReformUPMC Jussieu – ROOM 201 – Block 24/34Parallel Session
  • 19:0020:30ALL Posters presentationUPMC Jussieu – Blocks 14/24Poster
  • 20:3022:30Social EventUPMC Jussieu – Blocks 14/24Social Event

Fri 10 July

  • 07:3015:30Check-in at UNESCO Headquarters (No registration on-site. Participants will be given the Conference material) In order to access the plenary sessions, we strongly advise all participants to arrive up to one hour in advanceUNESCO – Entrance (125, Avenue de Suffren)Check-in
  • 09:0011:00Plenary Session 4: Collective Action and Transformative SolutionsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session
  • 11:0014:00Posters (list of concerned Posters available here)UNESCO Fontenoy – MIROPoster
  • 11:3013:00L4.2 – Resilience and Transformative SolutionsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L4.1 – The climate, finance and trade nexusUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L4.3 – Regional Perspectives on Low Carbon PathwaysUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM ILarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L4.4 – Multilevel Governance of Climate ChangeUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVLarge Parallel Session
  • 11:3013:00L4.5 – Equity a Condition to Triggering ActionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIILarge Parallel Session
  • 14:0015:302237 (b) – Planetary Economics (2): expanding the horizons of economic sciences and the policy implicationsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304412 – Inequalities, responsibilities and equity in global climate policyUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304419 – Climate science in the public sphere. Media coverage and communication devices analysis for effective policy implementationUNESCO Miollis – ROOM XVIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304406 (b) – Climate change and Development: Alleviating poverty and achieving inclusive development within the constraints of a global carbon budget and other planetary boundariesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IParallel Session
  • 14:0015:303325 (b) – Creating the climate change groundswell by communicating business, science and regional activityUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM VIIIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304401 – Sustainable development goals and the new climate regime : synergies for change ?UNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304402 (b) – Low carbon pathways for staying below 2°C: National contributionsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304403 – Revising the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement architecture for better governance and outcomesUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIIIParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304417 – Transforming Society and Science for Sustainability – Addressing Challenges in Transdisciplinary ResearchUNESCO Bonvin – ROOM XIVParallel Session
  • 14:0015:304409 (b) – Climate Governance: Driving Societal TransformationsUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IVParallel Session
  • 14:0015:303315 – Energy Innovation for Climate Change: systems approaches and societal responsesUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM XIParallel Session
  • 16:0018:00Closing Plenary SessionUNESCO Fontenoy – ROOM IPlenary session

Interview with Connie Hedegaard- Credibility of UN Climate Process Depends on 2015 Paris Talks

Connie Hedegaard

Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned.

World leaders are expected to sign an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 onwards at a Paris conference in December 2015. It could be pivotal in climate negotiations, if China, the US and Europe agree to hold global warming within what scientists say are safe limits.

But the risks are great, according to Hedegaard, who recently left the post of European commissioner for climate action and hosted the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009. “Say  Paris could not deliver,” she said to the Guardian. “Who would believe the UN process would have credibility after that? That is what [we need] to make leaders understand – it’s now.”

 

Further Information

Guardian News Article

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/28/connie-hedegaard-credibility-un-climate-process-2015-paris-talks

Watercourse Convention Set to Enter into Force on 17 August 2014

Well, it finally happened.  On 19 May 2014, Vietnam became the 35th party to the 1997 UN Convention on the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses. This means that on 17 August 2014, 90 days after that 35th ratification was deposited, the Convention will come into force.

Long in coming, the Convention’s success was never guaranteed. Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, the Convention appeared set for ratification as 103 of the UN’s Member States voted in favor of it. Only three countries voted against – Burundi, China, and Turkey – while 27 nations abstained and 33 were absent from the vote. That vote, however, masked long-standing disagreements over how transboundary fresh water resources should be allocated and managed. In particular, upper and lower riparians disagreed between the primacy of the Convention’s cornerstone principles of equitable and reasonable use – favored by most upper riparians – and the doctrine of no significant harm – preferred by most lower riparians.

Lackluster support in the years following the Convention’s inception suggested to some that the treaty was doomed to failure. More recently, though, the rate of ratifications more than doubled (18 in the first 12 years in comparison to 17 over the past five years). While that resurgence may have been due, in part, to the efforts of World Wildlife Fund (which in around 2009, added implementation of the Convention to its advocacy agenda), it also suggests a broadening recognition that nations have an obligation to cooperate over transboundary freshwater resources. Maybe it’s the threat of climate change, or concerns over dwindling domestic water resources. But, the fact that states are willing to bind themselves to the procedural and substantive norms of the Convention is a promising sign.

Map of State Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention

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Successful Outcome of Rio + 20 Conference for Oceans and Marine Issues

By Magdalena A K Muir, EUCC Advisory Board

There are 20 paragraphs in the  Rio+20 Conference Outcome Document “The Future We Want” (http://www.uncsd2012.org/thefuturewewant.html) on oceans and seas, and an additional three paragraphs on small island developing States , which stressed the critical role the oceans play in all three pillars of sustainable development, and a commitment to protect, and restore, the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems, and to maintain their biodiversity, enabling their conservation and sustainable use for present and future generations  .

One of the few concrete developments at Rio was an agreement to launch an “Oceans Rescue Plan” to protect the high seas. Though a majority of countries at Rio wanted to launch an Ocean Resuce Plan, the US, Venezuela, Russia, Japan prevented the majority from moving forward.  Rio postponed the decision for a High Seas Biodiversity Agreement for a maximum of two years.

In addition to the formal outcome, the Rio+20 process included the opportunity for governments and other organizations to make voluntary commitments, allowing civil society to capture the opportunity as we move forward to the next phase of the sustainable development paradigm. There are currently five Rio+20 registered Voluntary Commitments in the category of Oceans, Seas, and SIDS, two of which were registered by the Global Ocean Forum. See for more information: http://www.globaloceans.org/sites/udel.edu.globaloceans/files/RioVoluntaryCommitments.pdf