11 February 2016
Athens Ballroom, Hotel Monaco, Washington, D.C.

International Scientific Cooperation for Global

To generate ideas and share knowledge of sustainability solutions, IIASA, the National Academy of Sciences US Committee for IIASA, and the Austrian Embassy have co-sponsored a symposium: International Scientific Cooperation for Global Sustainability.   

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Cooperation among scientists is vital to deliver the innovative solutions we need for today’s global challenges. The symposium, which took place in Washington DC the day before the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference opened, covered three extensive topics:

i.  Achieving the sustainable development goals:  Developing pathways, assessing policies, and measuring progress. Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat introduced the session by discussing the ambitions of the sustainable development goals and how we go about achieving them. The panel discussion included Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA World Population Program director and William Colglazier, distinguished visiting fellow at IIASA.

ii.  Arctic changes, Arctic visions: Informing policies for the Arctic future we want. This discussion on the challenges of a rapidly changing Arctic was introduced by Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, executive director of US Arctic Executive Steering Committee. The panel included Paul Berkman, member of the IIASA Arctic Futures Initiative steering group Charles Vörösmarty, co-chair of the Arctic Futures Initiative advisory group.  

iii.  Global climate, ecosystem services, and biological sequestration. Michael Obersteiner, IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program director, joined this panel discussing the use of biological carbon sequestration to meet climate goals.

That evening a reception was hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, the Austrian Embassy, and IIASA.


Videos and Presentations (PDF)

Topic 1. Welcome by H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Waldner, Ambassador of Austria to the U.S.

Topic 1. Introduction by Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat: SDGs and The World in 2050 Collaborative Initiative (PDF)

Topic 1. Dr. William Colglazier, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, UN Technology

Topic 1. Dr. Wolfgang Lutz: Population, Education and the SDG (PDF)

Topic 1. Dr. Jennifer Park: Establishing and Monitoring Indicators for the SDG (PDF)

Topic 1. Audience Discussion

Topic 2. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski: Arctic Report: One year in (PDF)

Topic 2. Professor Paula Kankaanpää: Challenges and opportunities in diplomacy in the Arctic (PDF)

Topic 2. Ms. Julie Gourley, Senior Arctic Official, US Department of State

Topic 2. Dr. Charles Vörösmarty: Purpose, Goals and Tools of the AFI (PDF)

Topic 2. Dr. Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts Univ. 

Topic 2. Dr. Ray Arnaudo, Visiting Scholar, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

Topic 3. Dr. Philip Duffy: The role of forests in climate today and tomorrow (PDF)

Topic 3. Dr. Michael Obersteiner: COP21: From Decarbonization to Carbon Management (PDF

Topic 3. Dr. Ann Bartuska: USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry (PDF)

Topic 3. Audience Discussion 

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