Future Earth at the Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP24)

Photo: Katowice, Poland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24 will be held in Katowice, Poland, December 2 – 14.

The full list of all official COP24 side events is available here

Future Earth associated events are the following. The Future Earth organization or association is seen in italics. 


December 3 - 14                                                                                                                                 

Exhibit boothThe European Space Agency (ESA) will inform on its activities to monitor systematically changes in our climate and environment from space to support the Paris Agreement. From regional efforts (REDD+) to global observation (ECVs), Earth Observation will be exposed as a feasible and practical tool to understand climate change.


December 3                                                                                                                                          

Side event: EU Pavilion, 10:30 - 12:00
Sustainable solutions to combat climate change: contribution of engineers and reduction of air pollutants 
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) 

Reducing air pollution can combat climate change, save lives, and help achieve sustainable development. Climate protection and health protection overlap to a large extent: Intelligent measures can therefore serve both and help to achieve the sustainability goals more efficiently. Our expert panel will discuss various aspects, problems and measures. 


December 4                                                                                                                                         

Press Conference: Room Katowice, 12:30 - 13:00      
Global Carbon Budget
Global Carbon Project

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Side event: Room 1, 13:15 - 14:45    
From science to policy: achieving the SDGs in a 1.5 degree warmer world 
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

Learn about the current state of knowledge from the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1,5°C. We’ll discuss what we know, what cooperative actions are needed to communicate, mitigate, reduce risks to ecosystems, human well-being, and other key issues to achieve Paris Agreement & 2030 Agenda.  


Thelma Krug (IPCC Vice-Chair), Daniela Jacob (Climate Service Center Germany & IPCC CLA SR 1.5), Marcos Regis da Silva (IAI), German Research Foundation (DFG), Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), UNOSSC

Official organizers:

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Ms. Ione Anderson
+59 8 26060126

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Ms. Bettina Schmalzbauer
+49 711 49004240


December 5                                                                                                                                         

Side event: Bieszczady, 15:00 - 16:30
Transparent Forests – how the Global Forest Observations Initiative supports the REDD+ process
European Space Agency

International programmes like REDD+ need transparent information: satellite data can be independent and cost effective tools for MRV systems and early warning to inform mandated organisations and the general public. GFOI coordinates international support to increase knowledge on forest monitoring.     


Officials from GFOI partners (Australia, Norway, UK, USA, CEOS, ESA, FAO, World Bank) and representatives of developing countries

Official organizers:

European Space Agency (ESA)
Mr. Frank Martin Seifert
+390 6 94180560

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU Jena)
Ms. Veronique De Sy
+31 0 648688397

Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)
Mr. Masatoshi Kamei
+81 3 64356782


December 6                                                                                                                                         

Side event: Indonesian Pavilion, 14:30 - 15:50
Youth-Led Research and Innovation for Sustainable Climate Change Solutions

See the flyer here.


Hisseine GANDA NGAGUE (Water and Climate network of Youth Organizations of Central Africa (RECOJAC) and World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW)), Alexandra Lutz (President CliMates, and Representative Youth Climate Lab), Ziga SCUKOVT (incoming President, Youth Water Community Central and Eastern Europe (YWCCEE)), Miguel TREJO (Water Youth Network), Lia H Zakiyyah (Deputy Assistant to the Presidents Special Envoy on Climate Change and UNESCO Jakarta Project partner for Youth Leadership Camp on Climate Change (YLCCC) 2017), Nouhad AWWAD (Founder of Nature’s Advocate, Mediterranean Youth Climate Network and Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM)) 

Official organizers:

UNESCO-IHP and the Office of Indonesia President's Special Envoy on Climate Change

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Side event: Pieniny, 18:30 - 20:00
Launching of UN Environment Adaptation GAP report
Health Knowledge-Action Network   


PROVIA, country representatives  

Official organizers:

Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Ms. Annett Moehner
+49 228 8151476 


December 7                                                                                                                                         

Side event: Narew, 18:30 - 20:00
Battle for climate change will be won or lost in Asia and the Pacific
Health Knowledge-Action Network

The Asia and Pacific region has the largest number of climate-vulnerable people worldwide while being a major and growing source of GHG emissions. The achievement of the Paris Agreement depends on the implementation of progressively more ambitious NDCs, currently insufficient to meet the 2 degree target.


Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB Country reps: PRC, India, Indonesia, Fiji, Bhutan (to be invited) Institutions: World Bank, NDC Partnership, Insuresilience partnership (to be invited)

Official organizers:

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Ms. Amelita de Dios
+63 2 6324444

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Side event: Brazilian Pavilion, 11:30-12:45
Experiences with National and Subnational Climate Laws Adopted Post-Paris: Enhancing ambition
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

While the Paris rulebook is yet to be finalized, many national and subnational governments and cities have embarked on developing their own climate laws. Cities, in particular have often adopted far more ambitious mitigation targets in their climate legislation than has been pledged by respective countries in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In this panel we take stock of this trend that can be characterized as a ‘Post-Paris Legalization Push’ and bring to the table the voices of national, subnational and city representatives to share their unique experiences in getting their climate laws adopted.


December 10                                                                                                                                      

Press Conference: Room Katowice, 12:30-13:00
Update on 10 Science “Must Knows” on Climate Change    
Future Earth

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Side event: Room 5, 16:45 - 18:15
CitiesIPCC: Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science
International Science Council (ISC), Future Earth and WCRP

See the flyer here.

The CitiesIPCC Research Agenda presents key knowledge gaps jointly identified by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities. The agenda will direct and stimulate knowledge generation that will underpin effective and efficient urban responses to climate change.


Debra Roberts (IPCC WGII), Bill Peduto (Mayor of Pittsburgh), Yann Françoise (City of Paris), Shuaib Lwasa (Makerere University), Valerie Masson-Demotte (IPCC WGI), Marcus Mayr (UN-Habitat), Emmanuelle Pinault (C40), Moderator: Seth Schultz (Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy)

Official organizers:

International Council for Science (ICSU)
Ms. Katsia Paulavets
+33 1 45256717

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
Ms. Emmanuelle Pinault
+44 7903 222138


December 12                                                                                                                                        

Side event: Room 3, 16:45-18:15
Delivering Renewables at Scale: A must to meet the Paris Agreement
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Join a lively exchange about delivering renewables at scale. How can we ensure effective investment of the $52 trillion needed to meet 2030 climate objectives? How can the co-benefits of renewable energy drive an ambitious climate agenda? How are Agenda 2030, the NDCs and achieving 100 percent RE linked?      


Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation; University of Technology Sydney; R20; WFC; IASS, REN21; Senior government officials from India, Mexico, South Africa and Tanzania   

Official organizers:

Renewable Energy Policy Network (REN21)
Ms. Laura Williamson
+33 1 44375099

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Ms. Laura Nagel
+49 331 28822431

Stiftung World Future Council (WFC)
Mr. Rob van Riet
+44 0 7983265979


December 13                                                                                                                                        

Side event: Pieniny, 11:30 - 13:00
“Future Earth” in China
Chinese National Committee for Future Earth

See the flyer here.

1. "Future Earth" in China; 2. Chinese efforts in address climate change; 3. The impact of global warming below 1.5℃/2.0℃


Dahe Qin (male, co-chair of IPCC AR5 WGI). Xuemei Shao (female, lead author of IPCC AR5). Hua Zhang (female, lead author of IPCC AR5). Wenjie Dong (male, Sun Yat-Sen University). Tianjun Zhou (male, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences).

Official organizers:

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)
Mr. Lei Lin
+86 756 3668221

Asociacion para la Naturaleza y Desarrollo Sostenible (ANDES)
Mr. Alejandro Argumedo
+51 84 245021

Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (IESEA CAAS)
Ms. Yingchun Li
+86 10 82105985


December 14                                                                                                                                       

Side event: Room 5, 11:30 - 13:00
The Paris Agreement and the Nexus of water, energy and food: Policy coherence and serious games
Nexus Knowledge-Action Network

How could climate action be supported through Serious Games? Our panel focuses on examples of climate action in the domains of energy and food policies and related linkages to land use, and addresses the potential for learning from Serious Games.     


  • Floor Brouwer (WUR, NL) A Nexus approach for climate action. Why and how does a Nexus approach support climate action?
  • Maria Witmer (PBL,NL) Policy coherence as governance pillar of a nexus approach across sectors and scales.
  • Chrysi Laspidou (UTH, GR) Nexus policies through serious gaming

Official organizers:

Stichting Wageningen Research (WR)
Mr. Floor Brouwer
+31 70 3358127

Ms. Chrysi Laspidou
+30 697 2621998