As part of the IMPACT project, we organise and support public events to share the latest scientific information about how climate change affects vulnerable countries to amplify their call for urgent and ambitious climate action.

Climate Week NYC 2020

21-27 September

As part of the IMPACT project, we are organising two events during Climate Week NYC 2020, an annual event hosted by the Climate Group in association with the United Nations and the City of New York. Taking place between 21-27 September, it will be the largest climate summit taking place in 2020. Our events include ‘Climate action: If not now, then when?’, a webinar hosted by our Climate Policy Team on 24 September at 14:00 – 15:30 (CET) / 08:00 – 09:30 (EDT), and ‘The long and short of it: Interlinkages between NDCs and Mid-century decarbonisation strategies’, organised by the Implementation Strategies Team on 23 September at 15:00 – 16:00 (CET) / 09:00 – 11:00 (EDT).

Event links:
- Climate action: If not now, then when?
- The long and short of it: Interlinkages between NDCs and mid-century decarbonisation strategies


From the smallest islands to the highest peaks – oceans, ice and climate change

26 September 2019

This event during Climate Week NY, September 2019, discussed the newly published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere and its relevance for small island states and the least developed countries.

More information and a video recording of the event can be found here.


The race to zero emissions: How countries can improve their climate pledges and close the gap to 1.5°C

25 September 2019

This event during Climate Week NY, September 2019, discussed how the world is tracking against the internationally agreed climate goals in the Paris Agreement, the urgency of ramping up climate action by 2020, and how the next round of climate pledges can be improved to keep the window open for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

More information and a video recording of the event can be found here.


Launch of Belize’s Chairmanship of AOSIS

19 February 2019

Belize launched its two-year term as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States at an event held at the United Nations HQ in New York. The Caribbean nation’s vision for the Alliance, which turns 30 this year, focuses on ambitious action on climate change, sustainable development and oceans. Climate Analytics’ experts Damon Jones and Rueanna Haynes presented an analysis of the outcomes of the COP24 Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.

Blog about the event and links to presentations can be found here.


Loss and Damage, Samoa Pathway & The 2030 Agenda

12 December 2018

This high-level event during COP24 in Katowice, Poland was organised by UN-OHRLLS. IMPACT regional scientist Dr Adelle Thomas presented the latest science from the IPCC´s Special Report on 1.5°C and latest peer-reviewed science, on observed extreme events (e.g. hurricanes, droughts) and risk of future loss and damage as well as their impacts on the achievement of the SDGs in SIDS.

The full programme can be found here.


Cool tips for a liveable planet – the whys and hows of 1.5°C

26 September 2018

This Climate Week NYC event looked at the latest science findings on climate impacts, and benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, and what this latest body of research means for implementation of the Paris Agreement, especially in terms of the scale and pace of decarbonisation required to achieve this goal, and what policies are needed in response to these findings.

Watch the video from the event


Staying below 1.5°C to achieve the SDGs

5 February 2018
We supported the Government of Belize at an event held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The event focused at how limiting warming to 1.5°C, as stated in the Paris Agreement, is intrinsically linked to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and how best to align the two agendas to maximise synergies. IMPACT scientist Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner presented a science update.

Event summary and links to the presentations can be accessed here.


Lessons from the tropical cyclones frontline – Adaptation, Resilience and Loss and Damage

12 November 2017
This COP23 side event, jointly organised with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), explored the challenges of increasing resilience to climate change against a backdrop of extreme weather events. It examined the latest scientific evidence of the connection between climate change and underlying conditions, which may alter the frequency and intensity of such disasters. It featured presentations about Pacific and Caribbean country experiences and presentations from Climate Analytics scientific experts.


Towards a sustainable science-based strategies development for climate adaptation in West African LDCs

9 November 2017
This COP23 side event showcased IMPACT’s contribution to building sustainable capacity for science-based approach for climate adaptation planning in West African LDCs. Climate Analytics Lomé experts presented IMPACT work on strengthening the science-policy interface for developing climate change adaptation strategies and on the science base knowledge and approach to implement the 1.5 scenarios in the West African LDCs


The ‘Islands COP’ 2017: 1.5°C science, significance and ingredients for success

20 September 2017

Climate Week NYC 2017
Fiji’s presidency of COP23, the first ‘Islands COP,’ offers an opportunity for SIDS and other most vulnerable countries to put their concerns and ambitions at the forefront of the negotiations and in the implementation process. This event will present the latest science on climate impacts on small islands and low-lying coasts to underscore the urgency of action, discuss the key ingredients for success of COP23 and opportunities to accelerate Paris Agreement implementation.