The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) will play a prominent role in the upcoming NYC Climate Week (September 22-28, 2014), including participation in the invitation-only UN Climate Summit, where President Obama is expected to address the gathering of world leaders. Throughout the week, IRI will convene and/or be featured in several high-level events, showcasing almost two decades of experience in climate and applications research designed to enhance societal resilience in the face of climate variability and change. The majority of the work that will be featured by IRI during NYC Climate Week was made possible by the vision and long-term support of NOAA.
Participants in the week’s activities include representatives of government, finance, business, civil society and leaders in the international intellectual community. NOAA’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) program continues to IRI, in partnership with USAID, through the 5-year International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) - a multidisciplinary initiative led by IRI and the University of Arizona.
Dr. Lisa Goddard, IRI Director, will be speaking on the same Panel as John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate.
The IRI will convene and/or participate in the following NYC Climate Week events:
To view details about each of these events, visit the IRI Climate Week event page
The IRI was established as a cooperative agreement between NOAA's Climate Program Office and Columbia University. It is part of The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and is located at the Lamont Campus.
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