Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?

Event Type
Conference back to back with COP 23

Bonn, 04.11.2017 until 05.11.2017

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Back to back with COP23, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosted the international conference “Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?” in Bonn on 4-5 November.

Representatives from science, politics, business and civil society discussed driving forces and challenges with respect to accelerating the transformation towards sustainability. Especially, the key sectors of energy, transportation and land use need major transformations. Furthermore, it was discussed how to deal with nationalist and authoritarian counter-transformations that could undermine peace, stability, and human wellbeing and how to strengthen a new culture of global cooperation, substantiated by mutual respect and support.

The conference issued a strong call for decisive steps to accelerate the implementation of climate and sustainability commitments. We were proud having received confirmations from a number of high-level speakers, among them Barbara Hendricks, Leena Srivastava, Jeffrey Sachs and Achim Steiner. Furthermore, prestigious institutions such as UNFCCC, UNDP and World Resources Institute have embraced the goals of the conference as a core partner. The Conference was supported by Stiftung Mercator, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Stiftung Internationale Begegnung of Sparkasse in Bonn.

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04.11.2017 until 05.11.2017




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