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Conference - Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability

Date: 22-24 October, 2014 Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark

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Abstract deadline for a major solutions-oriented congress is now 12 April. The programme and topic  description is here.  

Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability

October 22-24, 2014

Deadline for abstract submission: April 12


This solutions orientated congress, involving many from the IGBP community, brings different disciplines together to address global challenges such as:

Sustainability-health interactions,

Economic structure and growth with near-zero emissions,

Biodiversity and ecosystem services provision

Linking urban and rural development with healthier living conditions, Options for prioritization of biomass as food and fuel,

Food security and global emissions,

Meeting human needs for water while preserving ecosystem function, Socio-culturally driven behavior and perceptions of earth stewardship, Global governance in the light of Planetary Boundaries,

Energy in a resource constrained economy,

Moving from knowledge to action, and more.

The programme and a description of all topics can be found at http://sustainability.ku.dk/iarucongress2014/

The congress is also targeting businesses and policy makers and aims to provide a platform for science-policy interface relevant for global challenges. The closing panel debate with leading representatives from research and policy will look ahead towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the IPCC Synthesis Report to be presented for policymakers in Copenhagen shortly after the congress.

The International Alliance of Research Universities - IARU[1] is behind the congress which is hosted locally by the University of Copenhagen. It is held back-to-back with the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), a high level event for politicians and business leaders initiated by the Danish Government in collaboration with the governments of China, Kenya, Mexico, Qatar and Rep. of Korea. The congress will reflect on the outcomes of 3GF bringing the solutions and commitments in focus for public-private partnerships into the scientific arena.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Guido Schmidt-Traub (Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network)
  • Jane Lubchenco (recently stepped down as NOAA Director)
  • Connie Hedegaard (EU-Commissioner for Climate Action)
  • Johan Rockström (Director of Stockholm Resilience Center)
  • See more

Dates and deadlines:

The congress takes place October 22-24, 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract submission and early bird discount until April 12th

Register and submit online http://sustainability.ku.dk/iarucongress2014/

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