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Workshop on Governance in Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs)

Event start: 20130127
End date: 20130127

Event description

United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, January 28, 2013

organized by the

Ad Hoc Joint IAV-IAM Committee on Development and Use of Socio-Economic Scenarios and the Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research 


To bring together the integrated assessment scenario community and their work on the Shared Socio-economic Pathways (the next generation scenarios for analyzing climate change, adaptation and mitigation) and the Earth System Governance community, to further explore possibilities for improved scenario analysis and joint research.

More on the SSPs

The SSP process is basically an effort by the “scientific community” to develop the next generation of global socio-economic scenarios, to be used in both emission mitigation analyses and for impacts, adaptation and vulnerability studies. As such, they can be seen as a successor for the IPCC-SRES scenario’s, but more focused on supporting response strategies to climate change besides providing reference emissions pathways.

Possible outcomes

  • Commonly shared statements about the possible future evolution of global governance in the different SSP narratives
  • Preliminary set of governance indicators that would be relevant to include in SSPs
  • Plans for future collaboration


09.00 Welcome with coffee / tea

09.30 Start of meeting

  • Aim of the meeting – Arthur Petersen, co-chair Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research
  •  Introductions

10.00 Part 1: Introduction to Shared Socio-economic Pathways

  •  Presentation SSPs (what they are, how they will  be used etc) – Tom Kram (co-chair Ad Hoc Joint IAV-IAM Committee on Development and Use of Socio-Economic Scenarios) (30 minutes)
  • Q&A (30 minutes)
  •  What the SSP community hopes to gain from collaborating with the Earth System Governance community – Marc Levy (co-chair Working Group on IAV quantitative elements and evaluation metrics)
  •  Initial discussion on the contribution of Earth System Governance to SSPs 

12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00 Part 2: Bringing in global governance perspectives

  • Extending the basic SSPs with plausible stories on how international relations will develop (drawing from different IR theories, such as realism, institutionalism, critical theory)
  • Discussing possible governance indicators

14.30 Part 3: Applying the SSPs in the context of Sustainable Development Goals

  •  A “scenario exercise” applying the five SSPs in the context of reaching or not reaching Sustainable Development Goals, including extension of the Millennium Development Goals

16.00 Part 4: Reflection and next steps

  •  Reflection on what we have been doing
  •  Possible next steps

17.30 Openings reception Earth System Governance conference

Basic reading before the meeting


This workshop is by invitation only, but we encourage those who would be interested to partipate to contact Arthur Petersen (arthur.petersen [at]

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