- This prompted the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to host this two-day dialogue conference in Königswinter, bringing together politics, business, civil society, academia, artists and the media to discuss: "Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?"
First Conference Day 4 Nov, Saturday
- In his opening speeach @DIE_GDI 's director Dirk Messner stressed that the global transformation is under serious threat, as nationalism, populism, and post-factual thinking challenge global cooperation. Yet there is good news as well:
- With Fiji being the official chair of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference, special attention will be paid to the role of island states facing climate change. This was also reflected in Ronald Jumeau's (Seychelles Ambassador to the United Nations) kick-off remarks.
- Connecting science to other sectors was one of the themes running through the conference. @HeideHackmann was among those calling for new forms of engagement between science, politics, business and the public.
- As head of Germany's space programme, Pascale Ehrenfreund (DLR), focussed her input on the availability and impact of data on climate and disaster management.
- After the opening remarks, the first plenary at #CrossroadsBonn focused on identifying linkages between the two major agendas shaping the current debate on the sustainable transformation.