Our Common Future under Climate Change


The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” took place at UNESCO and UPMC (Paris) in Paris, France.

RDCEP's Joshua Elliot gave two presentations regarding future food threats, and how "once in a century" food threats could happen every ten years.

This four-day conference was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015 (“Paris Climat 2015”). Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the Conference addressed key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It offered an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The Conference also welcomed Side Events organized by different stakeholders.

The conference is organized under the umbrella of ICSU, Future Earth, UNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government.

The conference had four overarching objectives:

  1. To provide state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on climate change, one year after the release of IPCC AR5: physical basis of climate change, impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, mitigation, storylines and scenarios. Special emphasis was placed on explaining, translating and disseminating the key results of IPCC AR5 and major developments thereafter. This Conference offered the opportunity to progress in our understanding of the multiple interactions between climate change, the geosphere, the biosphere and human societies, at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Special attention was given to trans-disciplinary research and to emerging concepts.
  2. To explore a wide range of pathways combining climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. Building on forecasts, storylines and scenarios, the Conference discussed uncertainties; identified areas of consensus, and mapped controversies while taking stock of the multiple connections to development and environmental challenges within a large diversity of local, national and regional contexts.
  3. To assess the potential for evidence-based solutions to climate change challenges. Scientific evidence was assessed to explore a large array of potential technological, social and institutional solutions to some of the challenges created by climate change. Potential solutions were discussed in connection with the broader challenges of sustainable development, environmental conservation, equity, and cultural diversity.
  4. To contribute to a science-society dialogue. En route to COP21, the Conference offered all interested parties (negotiators, policy-makers, businesses, NGOs, public at large) an up-to-date panorama of the insights that science can provide on climate change and how to tackle it. With the post-2015 agenda in sight, the Conference also offered a venue for scientists, policy-makers, businesses and NGOs to debate the research agenda for the coming years (both via the conference itself and side events organized by stakeholders).

Click here for more information on Joshua's presentations.