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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

“The historic Paris Agreement together with the SDGs offers an opportunity for achieving sustainable development for all with significant reduction of risk from anthropogenic climate change. This meeting on ‘Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?’ will involve the key players of the Bonn COP23 and aid in reaching the goal to pave the way for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.”

Dirk Messner

Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

“We are under time pressure to implement the Paris Agreement and to achieve the SDGs. Technologies are there, sustainable business models are emerging, we could finance the Great Transformation towards sustainability. We need to solve two major challenges. First: accelerate and scale up the transformation. Second: build strong and dynamic global alliances, because global cooperation is being threatened by ‘our country first’ governments and movements. The ‘Crossroads Conference’ brings together global leaders in order to leverage pathways to sustainability.”

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. Main research areas include climate governance and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice and training, building bridges between theory and practice. It is located in the UN City of Bonn.

With its project Klimalog (financially supported by the BMZ), DIE has further strengthened its research focus on climate policy and started a dialogue for a climate-smart and just transformation.

As co-chair of the Think 20 process during the German G20 Presidency, DIE develops policy recommendations for global solutions for the G20. Research at DIE is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the consulting activities of the institute. DIE develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers to current policy issues. The training programmes of the institute for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into the research and advisory process. DIE has about 130 employees, two thirds of them work as researchers.

DIE’s institutional agreement ensures the principle of scientific independence of the institute. The shareholders of the institute – the Federal Republic of Germany (75 %) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (25 %) – appoint the Board of Trustees of the DIE.


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international cooperative action. Or problems of common concern to many countries that need to be addressed at both, the national and international level, such as energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Funded by research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, IIASA is independent and unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

The IIASA mission is to:

Provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and protect the environment.

Over 300 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists, and engineers from 50 countries carry out research at IIASA in Austria, at the heart of Europe. These range from world-renowned scholars – five Nobel Prize laureates have worked at IIASA – to young scientists just embarking on their careers. In addition, research networks consisting of almost 4,000 associated and visiting researchers from 86 countries collaborate with the institute, including collecting and processing local and regional data for integration into advanced scientific models developed at IIASA. It is through such scientific collaboration that IIASA is building bridges among countries.


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