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Berlin Conference 2016: Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris”

The adoption of the #ParisAgreement laid the groundwork for one of the most ambitious projects of multilateralism in recent memory. At the 2016 Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change more than 200 international experts were exploring how Global Climate Governance could look beyond Paris.


  1. With the balance of the global climate system at stake, in December 2015 the nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C.
  2. This ambitious pledge marks unchartered territory for the global community. At the 2016 Berlin Conference (#BerlinConf16), organized by Freie Universität Berlin (@FU_Berlin) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), experts from all fields of climate governance gathered in order to explore the way forward.
  3. On Monday morning, the conference participants were welcomed by the conference's co-chairs @ClaraBrandi, Steffen Bauer (Co-leads of @DIE_GDI's #Klimalog project) and @KlausJ_Berlin (Research Director of @FU_Berlin's Environmental Policy Research Centre).
  4. Expectations among the crowd where high. Many questions were raised by the still novel #ParisAgreement and researchers where eager to discuss them with their colleagues.
  5. Two keynotes opened the conference: First up was @DirkMessner:
  6. The second keynote was held by Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI University.
  7. After the opening session, we caught up with Leena Srivastava from TERI University and asked her about her expectations towards future climate governance.
  8. Leena Srivastava: Balancing Resources on Planet Earth