On Friday 15 June 2012, the IPCC held two side events during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first was on "Applying science to Sustainable Development - How the IPCC brings science to the policy-makers" and formed part of the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and others. The second was at the UNCSD, at the RioCentro Convention Centre, under the title "Connecting the dots: science, the IPCC and the policy picture". Both events examined the IPCC assessment process in general, and took as particular examples the two recent special reports - the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) and the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate change Adaptation (SREX).

Applying science to Sustainable Development - How the IPCC brings science to the policy-makers

12.05-12-10Welcome Remarks
12.10-12.25Introduction: Overview of assessments and how IPCC works.
Thelma Krug, Co-Chair, IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
12.25-12.40SREX: Focus on how knowledge assessed in the report can help governments and other decision-makers manage climate and weather-related disasters.
Úrsula Oswald Spring, Lead Author, IPCC SREX report;
12.40-12.55SRREN: How renewable energy can support universal access to modern and sustainable energy sources while advancing climate change mitigation. Antonina Ivanova Boncheva, Vice-Chair, IPCC Working Group III
12.55-13-30Panel discussion: How have IPCC reports contributed to decision making-lessons learnt, future challenges, and scientists' experience?
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Connecting the dots: Science, the IPCC and the policy picture

15.35-15.50Welcome and Opening
15.50-16.00The IPCC assessment process: science at the service of policy-makers
Renate Christ (Secretary, IPCC)
16.00-16.10SRREN: Renewables in the policy mix to mitigate climate change
Youba Sokona, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III
16.10-16.20SREX: A multidisciplinary approach to tackling extreme events in climate adaptation
Reinhard Mechler, Lead Author, IPCC SREX report
16.20-16.50Panel discussion: How does science support policy, and can multidisciplinary approaches deliver policy coherence?
Towards a Science-Based Global Harmonized Carbon Price
Introductory remarks delivered during the panel discussion by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, P.C., Member of Parliament, Canada
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