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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
As the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) regularly provides scientific and technical advice for the development and implementation of EU policy on climate action.
In this capacity, two JRC experts will advise the EU's delegation to COP23, the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
JRC will also organise side events on different thematic areas, which will be held at the EU Pavilion.
JRC's staff will engage in expert panels of other organizations' events to contribute to the scientific and technical discussions on climate action.
The European Union Pavilion will host a series of side events during the COP 23
10:00 – 11:30, Room Tallinn, EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
16:00 – 17:30, Room Tallinn, EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
This event explores how policies can be approached to tackle multiple sustainable development goals, in particular SDGs 'Climate Change' and 'Good Health and Well-being', and to avoid the corresponding economic damages. The health and economic impacts of air pollution are estimated to increase in the future, while climate change mitigation policies to attain the Paris Agreement can have the knock-on co-benefit of reducing air pollution. In particular, global air quality co-benefits can fully and instantly compensate the possible economic costs associated with a shift towards a low-carbon economy. Tackling air pollution and climate strategies jointly in an integrated policy reduces the risk of technological lock-in that may arise if either problem is considered alone with narrow technological solutions.
10:00 – 12:00, Room Tallin, EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
The event will address the role of forests in contributing to climate mitigation.
Starting from the global level, this side event will illustrate the role of forests in the global carbon budget and the expected contribution of forests in meeting countries’ National Determined Contributions.
The side event will then move to a more local level, starting from the debate over forest and forest-based resources in the European Union (EU), with examples of Climate-Smart Forestry at regional/local level, then illustrating the Polish experience on forest carbon farms and finally presenting results from measurements of CO2 exchange in intact and disturbed pine forest.
18:00 – 19:30, Room Tallinn, EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Co-organised with European Space Agency (ESA), European Commission Directorates General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Climate Action (DG CLIMA) - The event will address the need for national forest monitoring systems to report countries’ efforts for REDD+ activities.
National pilot cases will illustrate the recent progresses made by a few REDD+ countries (Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Rep of Congo, and Malawi) in the use of satellite data for measuring changes in forest cover which are leading to decrease in carbon stocks within forests. Moreover the side event will raise awareness of the Copernicus Programme which provides free access to high spatial resolution data from the Sentinel satellites.
16:45 – 18:15, Room Tallinn, EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
12:00 - 13:30, Bonn
Organised by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - In the framework of the Agriculture Action Day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has invited the JRC to be part of an expert panel with representatives from diverse UN agencies and the European Commission.
10:00 – 19:00, Room 5 (TBC), EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone
The event will highlight the potential of the forest and land sector for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement towards a 1.5 degree and climate resilient world. The JRC will be part of the high-level panel to discuss the scientific basis of forests as a key climate solution, to be highlighted in the upcoming IPCC special report on climate change and land.
08:30 - 18:30, Stadthalle Bad Godesberg, Bonn
Governments and members to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will convene from 6 to 17 November 2017 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, under the Presidency of Fiji, to discuss how to bring forward global climate action.
The Conference will also serve as the 13th session of the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP13) and the second meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1-2), entered into force in November 2016.
The international negotiations will focus on defining the implementation guidelines to make the Paris Agreement operational and on designing a Facilitative Dialogue to jointly discuss how to achieve its ambitious objectives.
In addition to the negotiation track, Parties, non-Party stakeholders and the UNFCCC secretariat will host side events and exhibits to showcase and mobilize global climate action.