IIASA Deputy Director General for Science Leena Srivastava and several other IIASA researchers are contributing to a range of activities at the conference and are organizing a side event looking at strengthening synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The side event will serve to introduce the IIASA Transformations within Reach Initiative and its focus on improving societal decision making in this context.

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Paris Agreement are two of the most ambitious international agreements aimed at ensuring wellbeing for all within biophysical limits. The Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will focus on how the integrated and synergistic implementation of both would yield many benefits and reveal possible conflicts, considerably enhancing the effectiveness and quality of outcomes.

IIASA Emeritus Research Scholar Luis Gomez-Echeverri is organizing and moderating the side event titled, Transformations within Reach, hosted by the Technical Advisory Group of the UN on SDG 7. Research indicates that access to clean and affordable energy is constrained by political feasibility rather than technical constraints. The panelists at this session, which will include Srivastava and Transformations within Reach project lead, Elena Rovenskaya, will introduce the Transformations within Reach Initiative’s focus on improving societal decision making in this context.

The conference will have a network of knowledge partners that contributes to codification and dissemination of knowledge on climate and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) synergies using the Climate & SDGs Synergies Knowledge Platform. It is intended to inform deliberations and galvanize action ahead of major 2022 global processes.

IIASA participation

20 July 2022

10:30-12:00 CEST, 17:30-19:00 JST

Side event: Transformations within Reach

IIASA panelists will introduce the Transformations within Reach Initiative’s focus on improving societal decision making in the context of access to clean and affordable energy.

Moderator: Luis Gomez-Echeverri: Emeritus Research Scholar, IIASA

Panelists:

  • Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA
  • Elena Rovenskaya, Advancing Systems Analysis Program Director, IIASA
  • Diana Ürge-Vorsatz: Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III
  • Naoko Ishii, Professor, University of Tokyo and Director, Center for Global Commons
  • Katrin Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Thursday 21 July 

03:30-05:00 CEST, 10:30-12:00 JST

Side event: Just, inclusive, and equitable energy transition for the SDGs and net zero

  • Panelist: Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA

08:15-09:45 CEST, 15:15-16:45 JST

Parallel session: Harnessing climate-SDG synergies and co-benefits while closing the ambition gap

  • Moderator: Daniele Violetti, Senior Director, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Keynote statement: Net Zero or not zero? Ensuring effectiveness and credibility of climate action:

  • Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA
  • Bill Hare, Senior Scientist, Co-founder and CEO of Climate Analytics

10:00-13:00 CEST, 17:00-18:00 JST

Closing session: The way forward: profound transformation in needed, possible, and beneficial for all 

  • Moderated by co-conveners: Bahareh Seyedi, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UN DESA

Presenters for main takeaways from the parallel sessions:

  • Imelda Dada Bacudo, Co-chair, Global Alliance for Climate-smart Agriculture (GACSA)
  • Kulwant Singh, Chief Executive Officer, 3R Foundation, India
  • Doris Edem Agbevivi, Energy Analyst, Energy Commission of Ghana
  • Eric Zusman, Team Leader, Integrated Sustainability Centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA
  • Tekini Nakidakida, Ministry of Agriculture, Fuji

Report of Youth Representative:

  • Chika Suzuki, Co-Secretary General, Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability (JYPS)
  • Hiroyoshi Uchida, Principal Policy Advocacy Advisor, Climate Youth Japan (CYJ)
  • Kotoko Yadomaru, President, Change Our Next Decade (COND)

Presentation of co-conveners’ conference summary: Ralph Wahnschafft, Independent Advisor on Sustainable Development Policies

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