Overline: COP26
Headline: The IASS at the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

COP26 virtual face-to-face events Glasgow
From October 31 to November 12, 2021, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow will work on the further implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement both at face-to-face events and virtually. Shutterstock/ rafapress

From October 31 to November 12, 2021, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow will work on the further implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) will be present with experts on site or researchers will contribute at virtual events. The IASS is also present again with a Reflection and Dialogue Space, which aims to improve the communication culture of the COP through engaging exchange and mutual learning.

With Natalia Realpe Carrillo, IASS > 04.11.2021, 16:00 - 17:30 GMT,  Hybrid Event COP 26 European Union Side Event

Climate Resilient Microfinance

Microfinance reaches over 600m poor people (140m clients) in developing countries. MFIs offer loans, savings and insurance services that enable productive activity, asset accumulation, stabilized consumption and risk protection. Formal financial services improve socio-economic outcomes leading to better climate change adaptation and resilience. Little has been done on adapting MFIs to climate change despite risk of increased default, run on savings and increased insurance claims. There is untapped potential for MFIs to promote adaptation by reconfiguring their products to address climate change.
An interactive hybrid event involving microfinance networks, researchers and DFIs is proposed. Opportunity International, GCU and University of Rwanda will lead with recent results.


With Carolin Fraude & Team IASS > 31.10.2021 - 13.11.2021 daily Scottish Event Center (SEC), Blue Zone, Hall 5

Co-Creative Reflection & Dialogue Space (CCRDS)

The CCRDS is part of a transdisciplinary research project of the IASS in cooperation with the University of Lund, the University of Freiburg, and the University of East Anglia, which takes the communication culture at the UN Climate Conference as an opportunity to investigate potentials for transformative climate communication and possibilities for changing formats and frameworks at the COP.

>> The full Schedule of the CCRDS till the 12th of November <<

Video on the CCRDS with IASS researcher Carolin Fraude:

A Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space at COP

With Mark Lawrence > 09.11.2021, 18:00 to 20:00 GMT, “Action Room 2” in Area “B (closed Event)

Purpose of the CCAC Ministerial

The Climate & Clean Air Ministerial serves as the highest level of the Climate Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The meeting will bring together CCAC Ministers and heads of partner organizations to step up ambition and action to address climate and clean air issues – with a special focus on methane. Ministers will be encouraged to share highlights of action to reduce SLCPs, call for support for action, and/or announce pledges to the CCAC Trust Fund. The meeting will formally adopt the full 2030 Strategy, the revised CCAC Framework and launch the CCAC Hubs. It will also launch the CCAC Methane Flagship. The CCAC Methane Flagship will help achieve these reductions by engaging and mobilizing CCAC partners and other key actors to take steps to reduce methane emissions.


With Team COBENEFITS, IASS & NewClimate, UNFCCC Side Event > 10.11.2021, 16:45-18:00 GMT, Lomond Auditorium.

Raising the bar for climate action: New insights on how co-benefits can fuel NDC ambition

Implementing development-focused NDCs is key to achieving national climate goals. New tools to assess co-benefits of mitigation actions can support ambitious sectoral pathways. This event will present country experiences, using Kenya as an example, and launch the NDC Update Report and Co-Benefits Factsheet series.


The COP26 Side-Events

With Affiliate Scholar Nicole de Paula, IASS & Women Leaders for Planetary Health. > 01.11.2021, 14:00 - 15:00 CET, EU Pavillion

Climate change and health in Europe: Knowledge development and sharing efforts

Tackling climate change impacts on health requires solid knowledge and evidence-based, equity-oriented solutions in both adaptation and mitigation.


With Barbara Olfe-Kräutlein, IASS > 01.11.2021, 19:00 - 20:00 CET, Online

Achieving our Sustainable Development Goals through an integrated approach to carbon management

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and 1.5°C pathways requires large-scale mitigation and negative CO2 emissions. A flexible approach is needed to achieve this, with nature-based solutions such as peatland rewetting, CO2 capture from industrial sources with safe geological storage, and long-term storage in raw materials such as building materials playing an important role. Recycling can add value and help realize the economic, environmental and social potential of CO2 removal.


With Laima Eicke, IASS > 02.11.2021, 9 a.m. EDT/ 13:00 p.m. Glasgow Time, Virtual COP 26 European Union Side Event

Shifting public support and policy toward a clean and equitable energy transition in the Global South

This COP 26 side event explores the potential for a fossil-free, clean, and just development pathway in the Global South. Drawing on findings from research conducted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, the event will look at the opportunities related to investments in clean energy uses in low- and middle-income countries, as opposed to continued public support to fossil fuels, and highlight key principles for a fair and equitable implementation of such policies and support. A panel of speakers from governments, development banks, and civil society will bring their perspectives on the type of support, international cooperation, and policy settings needed to implement this vision.


With Laura Nagel, COBENEFITS, IASS.> 11.11.2021, 19:00-20:00 GMT, EU Pavilion

Energy Transition – Compassionate leadership towards a sustainable world

Our future urgently requires compelling approaches to positive change and a global energy transition to net-zero emissions, including a bottom-up approach that engages all citizens. Part of the challenge is to foster people-centered leadership so that no one is left behind in this transformation process. The panel discussion will feature active faith leaders and young people. Featuring a keynote by Laura Nagel of IASS Team COBENEFITS on "Social and Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy and Climate Action."