The threats posed by climate change are increasingly seen as a major problem for the future of nature and humanity. The impacts of climate change can cause disasters when structural societal inequalities are present, thereby exacerbating their severity. Global efforts to set the world on a climate change resilient development pathway require an understanding of the relationships between climate change and development, as well as the identification of the countries, groups of people and sectors most seriously threatened by climate change.
This JRC event in cooperation with BBAW will explore the link between climate change, poverty and inequality within the context of the international debate on the Sustainable Development Goals and the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris (COP21).
The event also presents an opportunity to sign the Letter of Intent between the JRC and the Global Young Academy (GYA), an academy of young scientists from around the world.
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) is the Commission's in-house science service, providing EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is a learned society with a three-hundred-year-old tradition of uniting outstanding scholars and scientists across national and disciplinary boundaries. 78 Nobel prize-winners have shaped its history. As the largest non-university research institute for the humanities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, it preserves and reveals the region’s cultural inheritance, while also pursuing research and offering advice on issues that are crucial for the future of society and providing a forum for dialogue between scholarship and public.