07 November 2016 - 18 November 2016
Marrakesh, Morocco

UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22)

One year after the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, this year's UN climate conference will focus on the way forward for implementation. IIASA experts bring the latest research on how to reach the ambitious targets set in 2015. 

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This year's annual climate meeting has been designated "The COP of Action," following the adoption of ambitious climate targets with a binding agreement at last year's Paris meeting. 

IIASA research includes recent studies of how to reach the ambitious 1.5 and 2-degree targets set last year; research to support the national action plans, or INDCs that underlie the agreement; and the loss and damage mechanism which was designed to help victims of climate change impacts. 

At COP22, the annual climate negotiation conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), IIASA researchers will participate in several side events aimed at providing their expertise to policymakers. COP22 website

IIASA researchers taking part in COP22 and related events include: Florian Kraxner, Volker Krey, Reinhard Mechler, Michael Obersteiner, Pallav Purohit, Keywan Riahi, Joeri Rogelj

7 November - COP22 Side Event
Perspectives and Options on Loss and Damage
What would an inclusive framework to address loss and damage look like? The issue of loss and damage has gained enormous traction in international climate policy. However there is a lack of promising options for moving forward. This session aims to provide some clarification and debate of the challenges to inform and support policy options. IIASA researcher Reinhard Mechler will participate in this session, co-organized by Practical Action.

7 November, 15:00-16:30
Observer Room 8

8 November - COP22 Side Event
The Emissions Gap Report 2016 – the emissions gap and opportunities for bridging it 
The UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2016 assesses the latest scientific studies on the emissions gap and how it can be bridged. This side event will present the report with a team of internationally renowned experts, and include a Q&A with the audience. IIASA researcher Joeri Rogelj will participate in this event. More

8 November, 10:30-12:00
Room Brussels

8 November - COP22 Side Event
NDCs and beyond: Global and national challenges in implementation and raising of ambition

Leading scientists and modellers present their latest findings on the potential of global ND pledges to close the global emissions gap to well below 2°C or 1.5°C, options for raising ambition, the modelling of mitigation policies within a national policy context, and the importance of the land use sector. IIASA researcher Joeri Rogelj will participate. More

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 16.30 -19.30
EU Pavilion, Area D, Blue Zone 

11 November - COP22 Side Event
Long term strategies: How to achieve long-term transitions towards full decarbonization
The International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) brings together researchers from both developing and developed countries to consider options related to decarbonisation and low-carbon development pathways. Research results will be presented by leading researchers and discussed by a panel of policy and science experts. IIASA researcher Luis Gomez Echeverri

11 November, 15:00-17:30
EU Pavilion

12 November - COP22 Side Event
Climate change and health in Indian cities: Modeling the impacts of heat and air pollution and potential co benefits from mitigation and adaptation. 
Indian cities rank high in air pollution at the global scale; for PM2.5 which is associated with serious health impacts. Managing future air quality in Indian cities requires measures that also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This session aims to highlight co-benefits of air pollution prevention strategies in Indian cities. IIASA researcher Pallav Purohit will participate in this session organized by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change. 

12 November, 14:00-15:00
India Pavilion

13-14 November
Expert group meeting on the sustainable development goal 7 and its role in mitigating impacts from climate change
IIASA researcher Luis Gomez Echeverri will participate in this event organized by the Division for Sustainable Development of UNDESA, in cooperation with UNDP Morocco and UN-Energy

13 November – 14 November 2016
Mogador Express GUELIZ

14 November
Emissions Gap Report 2016 - The emissions gap and options for bridging it
The UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2016 assesses the latest scientific studies on the emissions gap, and how it can be bridged with particular attention to energy efficiency and links to the SDGs. At this side event, the report is presented, followed by an open panel discussion involving the audience. IIASA researcher Joeri Rogelj, who contributed to the report, will participate. 

14 November, 13:15-14:45
Mediterranean (300)

14-16 November
Low Emissions Solutions Conference
IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management researchers Florian Kraxner and Michael Obersteiner will participate in this three-day conference, aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation to inform nations about the latest technology developments. It will bring together technical experts and world-leading scientists, engineers and innovators from business, academia, and cities, to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research in order to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector. More information.

14-16 November
Blue Zone
Conference website

17 November - COP22 Side Event
Research for Climate Action launch event
Research for Climate Action is a global partnership linking research institutions and decision makers for effective climate action, in which IIASA is a partner. The consortium will be officially launched at this event. More

17 November, 12:00-13:00
Gulf Cooperation Council Pavilion, Blue Zone, Bab Ighli

17 November - COP22 Side Event
Ratcheting up NDCs: Consistent national roadmaps towards the global objective of 1.5C and 2C
Based on a collaboration of 18 institutes from Europe, Asia and the Americas, viable strategies for ratcheting up the NDCs, and their implications for sustainable development (SDGs) are presented. Specifically, we compare the effort across key countries, such as the EU, China, Brazil and India. This side event is co-organized with the Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH). IIASA researchers Volker Krey and Keywan Riahi will take part. 

17 November, 15:00-16:30 - Livestream
Observer Room 2 (15)
Event Flyer (PDF)

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Keywan Riahi

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Principal Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Principal Research Scholar Pollution Management Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Principal Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Between 1.5°C and 2°C — analyzing the global warming targets

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