UNU at COP21

  • 2015•11•30     Paris

    Today marks the beginning of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). Recognising the multidisciplinary and cross-cutting nature of climate issues, UNU experts research solutions to the impacts of climate change from perspectives including migration, urbanisation, water, governanceenergy and health.

    UNU experts will be in Paris participating in and organising COP21 side events and press briefings to help ensure that the conference realises sustainable and equitable policies and mechanisms to address climate change.

    UNU COP21 Side Events

    Firing Up for Climate: Traditional Fire Management Tackling Climate Change
    This event will examine savanna burning projects in Australia that use traditional knowledge and modern scientific practices to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere from late season wildfires. There is now an opportunity to apply this practice in other countries around the word and this event will provide space for discussions and networking among actors with an interest in the issue.

    Building International Cooperation for Low-Carbon Technology Transfer
    This side event will bring together several leading voices from academia and international organisations to look at the different dimensions of low-carbon technology transfer and ways international cooperation can enhance it. This event will feature speakers from the International Energy Agency, the Embassy of Japan and the New Climate Institute.

    UNU COP21 Press Briefings

    On the Front Lines of Climate Change: Migration in the Pacific Islands
    The Pacific Islands include some of the most vulnerable countries in the world, where people are already experiencing devastating climate change impacts, such as higher intensity storms, sea level rise, saltwater intrusion and drought. The UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) have undertaken the first nationally representative household survey ever conducted on climate change and migration in the Pacific. This press briefing will present the research findings in full detail.

    MCII: “G7 InsuResilience” initiative must insure the poor and most vulnerable
    At the Elmau G7 Summit in June this year, the G7 launched the unprecedented G7 InsuResilience Initiative, which aims to provide up to 400 million people living on the front lines of climate change with climate risk insurance within the next five years. The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) partners with InsuResilience to ensure that the needs of vulnerable and poor people are met in the process. MCII conducted 30 interviews with insurance experts to explore what conditions are needed to reach poor households with climate risk insurance effectively. This press briefing will present the research findings in full detail.