UNU-IAS contributed to the UN Climate Change Conference 2017, held in Bonn, Germany on 6–17 November 2017, highlighting the work of its Low Carbon Technology Transfer (LCT) project through two side events (the first as an organizer of a Japan-led event and the second as a contributor to a UN cross-agency event).
On 9 November, UNU-IAS co-hosted Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through technology innovation, deployment, and transfer. UNU-IAS Director Kazuhiko Takemoto introduced the relationship between climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasized the importance of mutual support and synergy by referring to the LCT project. He raised the point that city-to-city cooperation and the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) could be innovative tools for achieving the SDGs.
On 14 November, UNU-IAS contributed to Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Transformative Climate Solutions, co-organized by UNIDO and WFP. Lisanne Groen (Postdoctoral Fellow, UNU-IAS) participated in a panel discussion together with representatives from several other UN agencies as well as private companies. Based on the research findings of the LCT Project, Dr. Groen emphasized the importance of localizing technologies and an inclusive process for working together with local communities and governments.