SDSN and its partners are hosting a series of exciting events in Paris during COP21. For more information on any of these events and to express your interest in participating please write to the SDSN Secretariat focal point, listed below. Please direct all media inquiries to Kathy Zhang

Public Events

Events from our Partners

Public Events

The following the events are free and open to the public. RSVP is required for attendance.

Climate Change & Cities Second Assessment Report presentation
2 December, 12:30pm – 2:30pm.
Sciences Po.
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At this event, Cynthia Rosenzweig will present the key messages of the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). This 500-page manuscript contains 16 chapters and over 100 City Case Studies on vulnerability, adaptation, mitigation, and building resilience in urban areas, which city leaders can use to learn from one another. It is the climate science resource for city leaders, serving as the knowledge base for city action, just as the IPCC serves as the knowledge base for national climate change actions.

ICLEI “TAP Talk” with Jeffrey Sachs
3 December 2pm – 2:30pm.
Cities and Regions Pavilion, Le Bourget (“Green Zone”)
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TAP Talks is a series of 30-minute public talks pairing leading global thinkers with two ambitious mayors (one from the ‘Global North’, one from the ‘Global South’) for a dynamic discussion on transformative solutions connected to but going beyond the UNFCCC negotiations. Jeffrey Sachs will engage with Marcio Lacerda, Mayor of the City of Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Karin Wanngard, Mayor of the City of Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more about the Cities and Regions Pavilion here.

Amazon Solutions Day
7 December, 9am – 6pm
Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
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The Amazon Solutions Day intends to debate and present strategies to for the implementation of SDGs in the Amazon region. The audience will be both national and subnational governments, private sector, NGOs, civil society and scientists engaged with the sustainable development agenda in the Amazon.

Next Steps on Climate Change: Decarbonization and Climate Finance
7 December, 6:30-8:00pm
Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris.
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Professor Jeffrey Sachs will present some of the key findings and lessons of our Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP), including the 2015 DDPP Global Synthesis Report, which will be published on December 3rd. He will be joined by Erik Solheim (OECD) and Jean-François Gagné (IEA) in a moderated discussion, followed by a Q&A.

Events from our Partners

Oceans Day at COP21
4 December, 9am – 7:30pm, Rio Conventions Pavilion, Le Bourget.
RSVP: please download the registration form and return it to Dr. Miriam Balgos at

This high-level event, co-organised by SDSN member EUCC, aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at the UNFCCC COP 21 and beyond. The major objectives are to: (a) Highlight the major climate and oceans issues, with emphasis on the impacts on the most vulnerable peoples and ecosystems, and suggest next steps, both within and outside the UNFCCC framework; (b) Foster political leadership and move forward on the major climate and ocean solutions with the engagement of high-level leaders around the world; (c) Catalyze and share solutions as part of the global portfolio of actions; and (d) Consider and move forward on a five-year strategic plan on oceans and climate to guide policy and action. For more details, check the full agenda.