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Extreme Events

Monday, 11 March 2019

Extreme Events - Building Climate Resilient Societies

Travel grants available! The relations between climate extremes and sustainable development goals will be discussed at the Herrenhausen Conference on October 9-11, 2019, in Hannover, Germany.

Extreme climate events, such as heatwaves, droughts and storms, have been identified as a top threat to human well-being by the United Nations and independent bodies, such as the World Economic Forum. At the same time, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been globally agreed on as a key target with a timeline until 2030 (Agenda 2030).

Development and transformation for achieving the SDGs can be severely threatened by catastrophic events triggered by climate extremes. Yet, at the same time development towards reaching the SDGs may enhance societal resilience against such extremes. There is an urgent need to discuss strategies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and societal resilience, specifically considering changes of climate extremes which are likely to happen according to repeated reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Thus, the overall objective of the conference is to elucidate the relations between climate extremes, societal resilience, and sustainable development goals. In particular, with a global perspective, we will identify the major obstacles for building climate resilience across regions and sectors, and identify priorities and means to address these obstacles. We aim to develop both strategic agendas for research and for best-practice design and implementation.

See this website for full information.