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Research meets Politics - A Franco-German response to the climate crisis?

Panel on shaping sustainable finance
Panel on climate change and security: A challenge for the United Nations

What was the event about?

By 2050, Europe wants to be the first climate-neutral continent. This challenge cannot be met without innovative and transnational solutions. In this context, “Research meets Politics” provided a Franco-German platform to explore synergies between science and politics in response to the climate crisis. Svenja Schulze, Enrico Letta Maja Göpel, François Gemenne, Thierry Philipponnat, Sabine Mauderer and many more experts discussed scientific proposals that can address these issues, and in which way do policymakers respond to them? How will France and Germany meet these challenges?

The event started off with Svenja Schulze, German Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Maja Göpel, The New Institute, Sébastien Treyer, IDDRI and Enrico Letta, Institut Jacques Delors taking a closer look at Franco-German projects and initiatives which could give the European Green Deal energy and visibility.   

The second panel shifted the focus from the European to the international arena and looked at how climate change is linked to security challenges. Asako Okai, UNDP Crisis bureau, François Gemenne, Sciences Po, Audrey Mathieu, Germanwatch and  Sophia Bachmann, DBJR discussed what France and Germany can do to mitigate these risks and strengthen UN-cooperation in this area. 

The third panel addressed the linkage of climate action and sustainable finance and provides insights on the respective positions of Germany and France, discussing how synergies can emerge. Sabine Mauderer, Deutsche Bundesbank, Sima Kammourieh, E3G, Laurence Parisot, Citi and Thierry Philipponnat, Finance Watch reflected on the potentials and obstacles for the financial sector to be a powerful instrument on the way to carbon neutrality.

"Research meets Politics" was online and was simultaneously interpreted into English, French and German

Panel I

Svenja Schulze

  • Svenja Schulze is the German Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Enrico Letta

  • Enrico Letta is President of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris

Maja Göpel

  • Maja Göpel is the scientific director of The New Institute

Sébastien Treyer

  • Sébastien Treyer is Executive Director IDDRI


Hanna Gersmann

  • Hanna Gersmann is a German journalist

Panel II

Asako Okai

  • Asako Okai is Assistant Administrator and Director for the Crisis Bureau, United Nations Development Programme

Francois Gemenne 

  • Francois Gemenne is Director of the Hugo Observatory and executive director of the interdisciplinary research programme Politics of the Earth at Sciences Po.

Audrey Mathieu

  • Audrey Mathieu is Senior Advisor EU climate policy at Germanwatch

Sophia Bachmann

  • Sophia Bachmann is an UN Youth Delegate on Sustainable Development


Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

  • Thomas Pellerin-Carlin is  the Director of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre and a Jacques Delors Institute research fellow

Panel III

Sabine Mauderer

  • Sabine Mauderer is Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank

Thierry Philipponnat

  • Thierry Philipponnat is Head of Research and Advocacy at Finance Watch


Sima Kammourieh

  • Sima Kammourieh is Senior Policy Advisor, leading E3G’s Better Recovery Unit

Laurence Parisot

  • Laurence Parisot is Chairwoman at Citi


Sebastian Mack

  • Sebastian Mack is Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre

The event is organised in cooperation with Sciences Po. For more information, more detailed summaries about the discussions and follow-ups, visit our website.

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