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The Social Challenge of 1.5°C Webinar: Frank Biermann


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Karen O'Brien, Susanne Moser, Ioan Fazey and others from Future Earth's Transformations Knowledge-Action Network discuss mobilising research around the social challenge of a 1.5°C target for climate action.

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The Social Challenge of 1.5°C Webinar: Frank Biermann

  1. 1. Transformations in Global Governance for Sustainability Frank Biermann Chair, Earth System Governance Project Utrecht University
  2. 2. Why do we need a transformation in global governance for sustainability?
  3. 3. “The earth operates well outside the normal state exhibited over the past 500,000 years. ... Human activities could … trigger severe consequences for Earth’s environment … … potentially switching the Earth System to alternative modes of operation that may prove irreversible and inhospitable to humans.” 2001 Amsterdam Declaration of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Sustainability: An Accelerating Global Crisis
  4. 4. Crisis of Sustainability Governance
  5. 5. Multilateral system is outdated
  6. 6. Towards a Transformation of (Global) Governance for Sustainabilty
  7. 7. Calls for Action 2011 Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability urgently called for “strengthening earth system governance”. The 2012 State of the Planet Declaration called for “[f]undamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions … and … to move to effective earth system governance.” International Council for Science in 2012 requested governments to fundamentally “overhaul” the entire UN system.
  8. 8. Earth System Governance Project  A “Core Project” of “Future Earth”, launched in 2009  Main global research network on environmental governance  Developed through a 2-year global consultation and review process  ~250 researchers and 12 institutes in closer network  ~2500 researchers in broader network  450,000 unique URL visits in 2014
  9. 9. Governance reform at all levels: Local through global Global governance National governance Local governance •9
  10. 10. Scientific Steering Committee Chair International Project Office Lead Faculty Research Fellows Research Centres The Network
  11. 11. 11 A Global Alliance of Research Centres  Australian National University, Australia  Chiang Mai University, Thailand  Colorado State University, United States  University of Ghana, Ghana  Keio University, Japan  Lund University, Sweden  Norwich, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom  Slovak Academy, Slovak Republic  Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden  University of Toronto, Canada  Utrecht University, Netherlands  VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands  Yale University, USA International Project Office hosted by Lund University, Sweden
  12. 12. We organize and endorse numerous workshops and conferences Flagships are our annual Earth System Governance open science conferences. Conferences and other events
  13. 13.  Book Series with MIT Press  Special Issues of journals  Peer Reviewed Working Paper series Publications
  14. 14. 15 Agency → The key agents in governance Architecture → Institutional arrangements in earth system governance Accountability and Legitimacy → Conditions for democratic earth system governance Allocation and Access → Who gets what in earth system governance Adaptiveness → Adaptation, resilience, social learning Research Framework
  15. 15. •16 ESG ©2009
  16. 16. Frequently Asked Misconceptions Earth system governance is – … not about world government; – … not about governing the earth system – it is about governing societal interactions with the earth system; – … not necessarily technocratic, top-down, and centralized;
  17. 17. •18 Effective global governance for sustainability will be polycentric, involve private and public actors, and integrate local and global governance processes.
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  19. 19. twitter: @ESG_Project LinkedIn: Earth System Governance Project 