Newsletter No 1 March 2013

IVM strongly represented at the 2013 Tokyo Conference on Earth System Governance

EPA_TC2013-logo.jpgThe 2013 open science meeting of the Earth System Governance research alliance was held successfully in Tokyo, Japan, on 28-31 January 2013, with strong participation of IVM researchers. Participants were especially honoured by the visit of His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako.

Since 2009, IVM has been serving as a founding member of the Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres, which has evolved into one of the largest international research networks in the area of environmental governance and policy. This year’s open science meeting of the research alliance addressed the overall topic of “Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents”. Major conference themes included the overall architectures of earth system governance in the 21st century; political dynamics at the interface of governance architectures and governance agents; and the methodological challenges of earth system governance research. Special attention was also paid to the effectiveness of climate and energy governance and to the question of nuclear safety and post-disaster governance.

In addition to presenting their current research in the numerous panels of the conference, IVM researchers have also been involved in a variety of side events and workshops at the conference, and in the many new research initiatives that have been developed. Among others, IVM Professor Arthur Petersen launched the newly set up Task Force on Methodologies for Earth System Governance Research in a special event that focused on the contribution of governance research to the development of global scenarios in the IPCC context. IVM researchers will also contribute to the new research network on Sustainable Development Goals, which is spearheaded by Professor Norichika Kanie of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, as well as to a new Task Force on Oceans Governance, initiated by Professor Oran Young of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The conference participants were especially honoured by the visit of His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako. The Royal guests listened to the presentations at the semi-plenary session on “Goal Setting and Implementation for the Post 2015 Development Agenda” and the keynote speech by Mr. Yvo de Boer of KPMG at the closing plenary of the conference.

Contact: Philipp Pattberg