March 12 2015

FEEM at IIASA in Vienna for the Special Public Event: "Towards a Sustainable Future"

Vital decisions are taking place this year that will shape the future of our planet. Most notably, the world’s nations will set a global agenda for sustainable development by adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in September, and in December many hope our nations will agree a new global climate change treaty.

In this context, IIASA and partners, on March 12, 2015 hosted an evening event aimed at presenting the ecological status of today’s planet Earth and analyzing the options available to humanity to meet economic development goals within a safe operating space of a stable and resilient planet.

The event included:


  • "Abundance within planetary boundaries", by Professor Dr Johan Rockström, Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
  • "The World in 2050", by Professor Dr Jeffrey Sachs, followed by the launch of a new research project to scientifically accompany the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), under the auspices of the Leadership Council of the UN SDSN and the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group with a video message by HE Sam K. Kutesa (President of the UN General Assembly).


  • A panel debate on "Transitions to Sustainability and the Critical Year of 2015: from Vienna to Addis Ababa, New York and Paris".

FEEM was represented by Professor Carlo Carraro, Coordinator of the “Climate Change and Sustainable Development” Research Programme, and FEEM Executive Director Sabina Ratti.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2015 at 18:00
Venue: Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna


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