Global Research-Policy Interface Climate 2015

The Global Research-Policy Interface Climate 2015

Strengthening the Research-Policy interface in the international climate negotiations


The main purposes of this Climate Strategies project in collaboration with The Stanley Foundation are:

  • Identifying key questions behind the most likely roadblocks for the Paris COP;
  • Collecting, developing and communicating analysis of the main realistic options for answers;
  • Creating an “Exploratorium” for new ideas that could help with negotiations.
  • Defining the issues and what analysis tells us, in a clear document for negotiators and stakeholders

There is a clear need, shared by the French COP Presidency and many stakeholders involved in the UNFCCC process, to bring some neutral, fact-based research and analysis into the negotiations.

For that reason the French COP Presidency is supporting a research-based conference Our Common Future under Climate Change (further: Paris Scientific Conference, scheduled for July 2015) whose aims include improving the prospects for an effective deal on climate change at the Paris COP.

Specific aims of such interaction include:
• bringing the best of research to the attention of public debate, including government officials beyond those directly involved in the negotiations;
• helping establish climate change as an issue of high-level interest in wider sectors, including health and financial sectors, the latter including linkages between climate policy and energy sector investment;
• promoting messages from key products over the previous year or so including the reports of IPCC, New Climate Economy, and Lancet Commission;
• enhancing the intellectual development and acceptance of key ideas emerging in the negotiations;
• (potentially) serving as a platform to introduce key ideas that are informally supported by key countries, as mediated through the COP Presidency, but which are best injected from a neutral platform.

Programme Committee
Ambuj Sagar (Co-chair and chair of the Global Climate Policy Conference)
Michael Grubb (Co-chair)
Heleen de Coninck
Sonja Klinsky
Ingrid Jegou
Henry Derwent
Harro van Asselt
Axel Michaelowa

Todd Edwards
Andrzej Błachowicz

The project aims to address those needs. Climate Strategies, in partnership with The Stanley Foundation intend to establish a research-policy interface by organising numerous engagement activities and injecting  a number of short analytical pieces into the Paris process.

The Interface will include the following components:

1) Scoping / sounding / kick off (October – December 2014)
In this stage Climate Strategies conducted informal consultations within its networks and hosted a side-event at COP20 in Lima (10th  December 2014 at 15:30, EU pavilion), where negotiators and researchers were confronted with the concept of our project and brainstormed the selection of topics to be covered.

2) Preparations for the Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC) 2015
Stakeholder dinner in Geneva during the APD sessions. Chair of the event Halldor Thorgeirsson. Consultations took place to shape the agenda of the conference in India.

3) Global Climate Policy Conference 2015, New Delhi, India ( 29th April – 1st  May 2015)
The GCPC 2015 will bring together key researchers and policy-makers from developed and developing countries to present and discuss the issues identified in stage 2.

The conference will include small brainstorming workshops, interactive discussions, presentations and summary sessions. It will aim to produce an output that could contribute to Paris Scientific Conference and well as to a general debate pre-Paris. Given the importance of a developing country perspective in terms of broad credibility of the programme, we suggest hosting the conference in India.

We are in discussion with the Entreprises pour l’Environnement about consulting business stakeholders about their expectations from Paris but also needs of analytical support.

4) Engagement with business and scientific community (May and July 2015)
We intend to present major outcomes from our Global Conference to the business community through interactions with the Business and Climate Summit in late May 2015 (

Similarly we will  present the proceedings of the GCPC in a session at the Paris Scientific Conference in early July 2015 (www.commonfuture-paris2015) to inject our ideas and conclusions to the scientific community working on climate change. More details to come.

5) Publication of report: ‘New Research for Effective Action at Paris and Beyond’ 
The publication is based on the outcomes from the entire project. Its purpose is to clearly disseminate ideas and their justification among policy-makers and other stakeholders. It focuses on elements helpful to reach agreement in Paris but equally on implementation challenges in the years to come. The report is available at the GCPC 2015 page.