We cordially invite you to a first-of-its-kind conference that will bring together leading social scientists to explore obstruction of global climate action. Co-hosted by the Climate Social Science Network headquartered at Brown University and the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE), the conference held virtually on 8-10 June, 3-6pm, will coincide with the Subsidiary Bodies sessions “SB-56” of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, 6-16 June.

“What’s holding up progress on climate change is not solutions or technology, but vested interests,” said Timmons Roberts, Executive Director of the Climate Social Science Network. “This conference will analyze how and why climate action is being obstructed and how we can break through this logjam.”

The virtual conference will engage key UNFCCC participants and international organization representatives, researchers, civil society and business actors for substantive science-policy-dialogue.

“Greenwashing and obstruction undermine trust in multilateral climate governance. It must be overcome to advance sustainable development and climate justice.” said Steffen Bauer, head of the Klimalog project at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE).

Conference sessions include:

  • The Structure of Climate Obstruction and the Critical Role of Climate Social Science
  • Climate Negotiations and the Role of the Fossil Fuel Industry
  • Obstruction in the International Political Economy of Climate Governance
  • Loss and Damage: What Stands in the Way of Progress and What is Needed to Move Ahead
  • Reflections from the Science/Activism Frontier: The Case of Solar Geoengineering

Most of the conference will be open to the public, discussing key issues of how climate action is being framed in public discourse.

Learn more about the programme and speakers and register here.
For any questions related to this event, please contact Steffen Bauer ([email protected]) or Okka Lou Mathis ([email protected]).
The conference will have virtual event production provided by We & Goliath.