01 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
Lima, Peru


As world leaders meet in Peru to negotiate climate change mitigation options, IIASA researchers bring their expertise to the table in a number of side events, new reports, and related meetings.

©COP20 Lima

©COP20 Lima

IIASA research focuses on many issues related to climate change, including efforts to reduce emissions from land use change and deforestation, emissions scenarios for limiting climate change to 2 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels, as well as evaluations of climate risk, mitigation options, and adaptation scenarios. 

At COP20, the annual climate negotiation conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), IIASA researchers will participate in several side events aimed at providing their expertise to policymakers. This year IIASA energy and risk experts will take part in side events and discussions, and several reports from IIASA researchers will feed into discussions.

2 December

15:00-18:00, 2 and 3 December
The fourth meeting of the structured expert dialogue on the 2013-2015 review (SED4)

IIASA energy researcher Joeri Rogelj will participate as an IPCC  and UNEP expert in the general discussion of the Structured Expert Dialogue (or SED), a forum that aims to ensure the scientific integrity of the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal within the UNFCCC. 

Event Details
15:00-18:00, 2 and 3 December
Location: Room Abancay Zone E13
Agenda (PDF)

3 December

The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: A User's Perspective
IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic will participate in a side event entitled "The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: A User's Perspective," hosted by the United Nations Environment Program. After a brief IPCC presentation of aspects of the Fifth Assessment Report, representatives of stakeholder groups -- policymakers, business and civil society -- will discuss how they work with the report and put it into practice, and indicate how the report can be made more user-friendly. Read the event report from IISD.

Event Details
Time: 3 December 2014, 13:15-14:45
Location: Sipan (300)
Event Report

Knowledge gaps in the 5th IPCC Assessment Report: an EU-Japan scientific cooperation event
IIASA Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability Program Deputy Director Reinhard Mechler will give a presentation entitled, "Climate change impacts and risks in Europe and in vulnerable developing countries under 2° C warming (IMPACT2C)", as part of a side event on knowledge gaps in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

Event Details
Time: 3 December 2014, 18:00-20:00
Location: EU Pavilion - Roma Room

5 December

IIASA energy researcher Joeri Rogelj will take part in a side event related to the 2014 UNEP Emissions Gap Report. IIASA researchers played a leading role in the development of the report, which was released in November 2014. 

10 December

Momentum for Change: Showcase Event

This exciting and powerful evening event will be an Oscar-like celebration of the 2014 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity winners with powerful videos, photography and an award ceremony. An IIASA collaborative project, the Zurich Flood Resilience Project, led by Reinhard Mechler, was named as one of the winners on 25 November 2014. Read More>>

Event Details 
Time: 10 December 2014, 18:00
Location: MfC 2

Schedule of All COP20 Side Events

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Last edited: 15 December 2014


Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Transitions To New Technologies

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Joeri Rogelj

Senior Research Scholar


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Reinhard Mechler

Acting Program Director

Risk and Resilience

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