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.
13.30 – 14.30 Panel 1: European Green Deal: Now is the time for Franco-German initiatives
Welcoming remarks: Pascal Lamy, President of the Advisory Board of the Jacques Delors Centre
The European Green Deal aims at making the EU carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this unparalleled ambition, joining efforts will be imperative. Which Franco-German projects and initiatives could give the European Green Deal dynamism and visibility?
- Svenja Schulze, German Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
- Prof. Maja Göpel, The New Institute
- Enrico Letta, Institut Jacques Delors
- Sébastien Treyer, Executive Director IDDRI
Moderator: Hanna Gersmann, Journalist
14.45 – 15.45 Panel 2: Climate change and security: a challenge for the United Nations
Climate change will have a massive and global impact on security risks. What can France and Germany do to mitigate these risks and strengthen UN-cooperation in this area?
- Asako Okai, UNDP Crisis bureau
- Prof. François Gemenne, Sciences Po
- Audrey Mathieu, Germanwatch
- Sophia Bachmann, DBJR
Moderator: Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Institut Jacques Delors
16.00 – 17.00 Panel 3: Shaping sustainable finance
The financial sector can be a powerful instrument to accelerate the transition towards carbon neutrality. Which difficulties must be overcome, and which rules could encourage actors from the financial sector to work towards sustainable development? What are the respective positions both in Germany and France, and how can potential synergies emerge?
- Sabine Mauderer, Deutsche Bundesbank
- Sima Kammourieh, E3G
- Laurence Parisot, Citi
- Thierry Philipponnat, Finance Watch
Moderator: Sebastian Mack, Jacques Delors Centre