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Plenary Session 3

Role of Policy-Oriented Research for Integrated Climate and Development Policies

Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Director General and CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Executive Director, IGES

Integrating Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia: How Can the Link be Strengthened?

A key message from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 1.5 C special report is that limiting global warming to safe levels will require transformational change. A growing body of research has identified key pathways consistent with the 1.5 C goal. Many of these require adopting policies and programmes that not only respond to climate change, but also address other development priorities. For example, several policies that help control air pollution also mitigate climate change. Further, some nature-based adaptation strategies simultaneously mitigate greenhouse gases (GHGs). Programmes that help laid-off coal workers find jobs in the renewables industry reflect a similarly integrated logic. Each of these examples is an important illustration of a solution that aligns climate with broader development goals. However, for many countries, achieving ambitious climate goals will require moving beyond one or two integrated solutions, and transitioning to decision-making processes that consistently consolidate climate and other development objectives. Unfortunately, many policymakers lack the analytical tools and practical experience necessary to consistently seize opportunities for synergy, and avoid trade-offs between climate and development goals in these processes. This session will draw upon insights from leading thinkers about how research institutions can help policymakers in Asia meet the urgent need for integrated climate and development policies.


Research Leader, Strategic and Quantitative Analysis Centre, IGES


Director General and CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


Director, Asia and the Pacific Office, UN Environment (UNEP-ROAP)

President, Korea Environment Institute (KEI)

Chief Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)

Deputy Director General at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Research Leader, Sustainability Governance Centre, IGES