C2G2 SBSTTA-22 Side Event

Climate-related Geoengineering: Research, Governance and the 2050 Vision


Date: Friday, 6 July 2018, 13:15 – 14:45   

Location: Room 7A, ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada 

Description: The side event will present new insights into transdisciplinary research and governance of climate-related geoengineering. A range of expert speakers will discuss what transdisciplinary research could be needed to inform emerging international governance of climate-related geoengineering and support the Convention’s 2050 vision.  

Background: This side event follows on from a one-day workshop convened around SBSTTA-21 in December 2017 (see workshop report here) as part of an ongoing collaboration between C2G2 and the Secretariat of the CBD aimed at catalysing learning and sharing of knowledge between Parties, in pursuit of the CBD’s 2016 Decision XIII/14 for “more transdisciplinary research and sharing of knowledge” about the impact of geoengineering on biodiversity and ecosystems. 

JoiningAll registered attendees of CBD SBSTTA-22 are welcome but please arrive early as space is limited. See CBD side-event page for more details. 

Contact: Nicholas Harrison [email protected]




13:15–13:25  Welcome and opening remarks  

13:25–13:35  Research gaps identified by SBSTTA members  

Presentation of new synthesis paper produced for SBSTTA-22 outlining research gaps identified in the C2G2 workshop with SBSTTA members in December 2017.  

13:35–14:45  Research, governance and the 2050 vision  

Reflections from an expert panel on three questions: (i) What are the priority areas to address? (ii) How should this align with the CBD 2050 vision and delivery of the SDGs? (iii) What are the next steps for SBSTTA? Followed by audience Q&A discussion.  


 Confirmed speakers include:  

  • David Cooper, Deputy Executive Director, CBD Secretariat 
  • Sabine Fuss Head of working group, Mercator Research Institute 
  • Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth 
  • Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America Director, ETC Group 

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