Science and the Road to Transformation: Opportunities in the post-2015 Global Climate Regime
2015 is a critical year for transformative change towards global sustainable development, and all fields of science have a key role to play. Science has a central role to play both in the analysis of the grand challenges facing humanity in the current era of rapid global changes, and in exploring pathways to the future. To explore how science can help to support the world’s transition to a low carbon future, ICSU will convene a special event on July 6, on the side lines of the most important climate science conference of the year, “Our Common Future Under Climate Change”, taking place in Paris, France, at UNESCO.
To explore the scientific knowledge from across the disciplines and from different parts of the world that can drive and support a world transformation to a low-carbon future, the event will bring together the leadership of ICSU co-sponsored research programmes, international scientific committees and networks, leading science advice practitioners and other representatives of the world's scientific community.
- Identify the most critical scientific knowledge that can and does offer transformative opportunities in dealing with climate change challenges;
- Explore what needs to change in our current science systems to leverage those opportunities;
- Draw on the diversity of ICSU-led international scientific community to develop the key science messages that could be presented to the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) within the framework of an ICSU statement and official side event ;
- Showcase the achievements of ICSU co-sponsored research programmes, international committees and networks in providing improved understanding of climate change.
The side event will bring together:
- the leadership of ICSU-cosponsored research programmes and international scientific committees and networks: The World Climate Research Programme, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, the Global Climate Observing System, Future Earth, the Global Ocean Observing System, World Data System, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Programme on Ecosystem Change & Society, Urban Health and Wellbeing, the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) have already confirmed their participation.
- representatives of ICSU’s International Network of Science Advice to Governments;
- representatives of the Scientific and Organising Committees of “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” conference; and
- representatives of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (ISSC, the Belmont Forum, UNESCO, UNEP, UNU, WMO, and SDSN).