Make your voice heard: IAI and the PVBLIC Foundation at COP-23

6 to 10 November 2017

During the event, we received opinions from world leaders, government and global organizations and civil society for action towards a sustainable future. #SDGLive #ScienceforSDGs @sdgmediazone @IAI_news

The PVBLIC-IAI SDG Media Booth was located in the Bonn Zone Exhibition Hall from 6 to 10 November 2017. Below you will find interviews with visitors to our booth.

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Edwing Rosales, Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Guatemala: “Guatemala is vulnerable to climate change and is aware of the importance of scientific information for the National Plan for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”


Homero Paltan, Ecuador, PhD Student at University of Oxford: “We need to improve the communication of science and technology to different stakeholders, decision makers and the society in Latin America, and particularly in Ecuador”

Member of Parliament Antônio Carlos Valadares Filho, CINDRA, Brazil: “Climate change is undoubtedly influenced by human action. Our countries need to take action and honor the Paris Agreement”

Benki Piyako Ashaninka, Apiwtxa, Brazil: “Scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge are both important to tackle global change problems.”

Donovan Innis, Bahamas: “The best way to communicate research is to find ways to mediate that speech, organizations like IAI can help in doing that kind of things.”

Amparo Martínez Arroyo, INECC México/IAI Representative, about integrating science and policy: “(…) In Mexico, we do this through specific projects, but mainly because we have major common goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris commitments.”

Andrea Nascimento Araujo, Science and Technology Analyst, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil: “I am interested in how science needs to be communicated to contribute to more effective public policy.”

Mariano Villares & Marcelo Taboada, Industrialist Association for the Sanitation of the Matanza, Riachuelo and Reconquista Basins, Argentina: “We work with industries to reduce industrial gas emissions, wastewater and pollutants in our area of interest.”

Ana Queiros, Senior Ecologist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK: “This COP is about how we can reduce CO2 emissions nationally so we can stabilize the global carbon system.”

Daniel Morchain (Venezuela), Oxfam GB Policy and Practice: “Besides climate sciences, the social sciences and many other sources of knowledge should be part of the discussion and inform the decision making process.”

Matthias Balagny and Konoi Tadulala, ePop Network: “ePop gets voices from local communities, so people can know what happens in different regions in terms of climate change.”

Xiaohua Zhang, Manager, Climate and Sustainable Development Programme, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation: “It is important to enhance linkages between the SDGs and the national contributions.”

Natabara Rollosson, Co-Funder, Comics Uniting Nations: “We illustrate the SDGs and make them real for people of all ages.”

Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer, United Nations VR: “We highlight people’s realities in the SDGs in their locations, to show how SDGs manifest in their daily lives.”

Jamison Ervin, Manager, Nature for Development, UNDP: “We look for nature-based solutions for sustainable development. For instance a community in Ecuador has created a community-based forest reserve that allows them to keep their rights and avoid illegal mining within their forest.”

Itchell Sandy Guiney, Delegate, South Africa: “The country’s National Climate Change Response Policy outlines the mitigation and adaptation approach, which builds on evidence-based research in multiple dimensions.”

Inia B. Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Fiji: “Here we will see the innovations, technologies, science, and best practices, and the messages of civil organizations, NGOs to share and take to our respective countries.”

Frank Dehnhard, Global Environmental Solutions Institute, Germany: “We have to find new ways to reach out to people to teach them how to change their habits to act more sustainably.”

Daniel Shepard, Public Information Officer, Development Section, Strategic Communications Division: “We are working to promote the science of climate change because people need a fundamental understanding of the science of climate change, so they see it is not a political issue.”

Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, United Nations Development Programme: “This program of the GEF supports local communities for global action on climate change, biodiversity conservation, land degradation, and livelihood issues as well.”

Charles Tonui, African Centre for Technology Studies: “We provide training and policy advice to governments and also dissemination of research outputs to inform policy discussions.”

Cassidy Schwartz, Student, Emory University: “It is essential to enhance communication to build an understanding of the urgency of climate change.”

In 2015, on the occasion of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, IAI scientists taped messages based on their research to raise awareness of global change issues in relation to the SDGs. Click here to see those messages