German Advisory Council on Climate Change

The TNT Program has been successfully collaborating with the German Advisory Committee on Global Change (WBGU) since 2008, with Prof. Dr. Nakicenovic serving on the nine-member council.

The German federal government set up WBGU as an independent, scientific advisory body in 1992 in the run-up to the Rio Earth Summit. The Council's principal tasks are to:

  • analyse global environment and development problems and report on these;
  • review and evaluate national and international research in the field of global change;
  • provide early warning of new issue areas;
  • identify gaps in research and to initiate new research;
  • monitor and assess national and international policies for the achievement of sustainable development;
  • elaborate recommendations for action and research; and
  • raise public awareness and heighten the media profile of global change issues.

In 2011, the WBGU published its most recent flagship report entitled, World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability (2011).  In 2013, they plan to release a new major thematic study on the world's oceans, which will provide a new focal point in identifying global environmental, economic and technological challenges and the opportunities which may arise.

Dr. Nakicenovic has sat on the Adivsory Council since 2008, and has participated in numerous plublications and events on behalf of the WBGU.

08 September 2014
Climate comic now available in English

A comic book on climate change, featuring IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic, is now available in English.  More

01 March 2013
WBGU comic book on the great transformation

A report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) has been adapted as a comic for the first time. IIASA Deputy Director Nebojsa Nakicenovic serves on the WBGU and appears in the comic book.  More

19 November 2012
World in Transition: New online learning opportunity

IIASA has contributed to a new online learning course now available from the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), a series of lectures discussing the global transformation to a low-carbon society.  More

06 September 2012
More private investment for sustainable energy: WBGU Report

In order to transform to a system of clean and sustainable energy, Germany and other countries must invest billions in energy transformations.  More

09 May 2012
Low-Carbon Prosperity: WBGU International Symposium

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, will give the opening address at the WBGU International Symposium ‘Towards Low-Carbon Prosperity: National Strategies and International Partnerships’, 9 May.  More

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