Overline: #COP27
Headline: The IASS at the Climate Change Conference in Egypt

COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt  from 6 to 18 November 2022 will see the international community come together to agree on further action towards achieving the climate goals agreed under the Paris Agreement. IASS researchers will attend and participate in the COP27 with various contributions relating to the core issues and the consequences of the conference outcomes.

COP27 Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt
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Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space (CCRDS)

The IASS will be hosting its Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space (CCRDS) at the COP for the third time. This space for facilitated informal conversation was developed with the aim of enhancing the culture of communication at the conference and fostering dialogue and mutual learning. This year most sessions will have a thematic focus on the role of trust and fear at the COP. Partners are also invited to co-create science dialogues at the space. We would be happy to put you in touch with our participating researchers.
View the full programme of the CCRDS here.

Other Events

12.11.22, 12:45 – 14:00 p.m.:
Building Trusting Relationships: Leading the Way through a Historical Transformation

Format: hybrid

  • Maureen Goodman, Brahma Kumaris - Programme Director UK, and Representative to UN, Vienna
  • Prof. Heike Schroeder, Professor of Environmental Governance in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia and former IASS Fellow
  • David Dunetz, Head of Climate, Heschel Center for Sustainability, Israel and former IASS Fellow
  • Martin Frick, Director, UN World Food Programme Global Office Berlin

Carolin Fraude, Researcher, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam; Center Coordinator and Board Member, Brahma Kumaris Berlin

14.11.22, 11:30 a.m.-13:00 p.m.:
IASS Side Event: Innovative communication formats for mobilizing climate action
Room Thutmose plus live streaming on the UNFCCC YouTube channel
It is abundantly clear that communicating the facts of climate change is not enough to set climate action in motion. Climate communication needs to go beyond informing about climate change and move towards mobilizing and supporting climate action. In our side event we present a variety of communication approaches that aim to shorten the distance between science and policy, and between knowledge and action. We will then engage in an active discussion on how to make climate communication efforts more effective and action-oriented.

Introduction and moderation: Kathleen Mar, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Panel discussion including impulse presentations from:

  • Thomas Jung, Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) – Images of the future via climate models
  • Louis Celliers, Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon – Shortening the distance between science and policy
  • María Máñez Costa, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) – Climate services: Co-creative
  • research approaches  
  • Charlotte Unger, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) – Citizen climate assemblies
  • Omnia El Omrani, COP27 Youth Envoy – Amplifying youth voices within the COPs
  • Closing remarks by Mark Lawrence, Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

More about the event Innovative communication formats for mobilizing climate action.

15.11.22, 18:00 -20:00 p.m.:
Ministerial Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (closed event, for Ministers and Heads of Organizations)
with the Contribution of Mark Lawrence, IASS

17.11.22, 13:15 – 14:45 p.m.:
Methane Matters: delivering on the Global Methane Pledge for ambitious methane mitigation
Room Thutmose at the COP27 venue in Sharm el Sheikh, plus live streaming on Youtube (link forthcoming)

Speaker: Kathleen Mar, “Beyond CO2 equivalence – the critical impacts of CH4 on climate, ecosystems and health”

17.11.22, 19:30-21:00 p.m.:
“Cultural Evening Event: Meditation for Adaptation and Resilience”  Cryosphere Pavillion/Blue Zone

“Welcome to a meditative evening providing tranquility and peace in the midst of COP27. We will explore the connection between our thoughts, emotions and actions, and their impact on the world. To bring stability, resilience and compassionate action on a global scale, we believe a widespread capacity for reflection and meditation is essential. We will create a restorative moment during COP with music, images, inspirational cards and guided meditation. With our collective thoughts of hope and positivity, we will reach out to nature and endangered communities in every corner of the world.”
Organized by Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative - with the Contribution of Mark Lawrence, IASS