12 November 2019
Potsdam, Germany

SHAPE Kickoff Meeting

IIASA is a partner in the PIK - led project SHAPE, which will be holding its kickoff meeting.

Photo by Joshua Hoffman on Unsplash

Photo by Joshua Hoffman on Unsplash

Sustainable development pathways achieving Human well-being while safeguarding the climate And Planet Earth (SHAPE) is a project that IIASA is one of the partners for. SHAPE aims to contribute an in-depth analysis of sustainable development pathways (SDPs) that achieve the SDGs in 2030 and maintain sustainable development to reach the Paris climate goals until 2100. It will investigate measures to overcome trade-offs to enable simultaneous achievement of a broad range of sustainable development objectives. The SDPs will be developed using world-leading state-of-the-art integrated assessment models taking climate change as the entry point. They will be combined with regional and global scale analysis of governance challenges, where business and civil society actors now play as significant a role as national governments. Through engagement with diverse SDG action processes, stakeholders will steer the identification of regionally and sector-relevant sustainable development indicators for 2030 and beyond, and refine the usefulness of the SDPs for informing policy processes on multiple scales.

In the SHAPE project, IIASA will lead the work on climate change and inequality. We work on improving the global representation of shelter and thermal comfort and perform a global analysis energy needs required for reaching Decent Living Standards. The project is scheduled to start July 2019.

On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, there will be a kickoff meeting for SHAPE.

For more information on SHAPE, click here to be redirected to the project webpage.

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Last edited: 01 December 2019


Bas van Ruijven

Research Group Leader

Sustainable Service Systems

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Keywan Riahi

Program Director

Energy Climate and Environment

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