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History of the Congress

The University of Copenhagen hosted an International Scientific Congress on climate change under the heading "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions", 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress was organised in cooperation with nine other universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

The main aim of the congress was to provide a synthesis of existing and emerging scientific knowledge necessary in order to make intelligent societal decisions concerning application of mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change.

The congress aimed to identify and synthesise the science, technology and policy advances required in order to ensure sustainability of global communities in the current and coming decades.

The findings of the congress should be seen as a supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The congress provides a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report.

Output of the Congress

The congress takes place in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in Copenhagen in December 2009. All findings will be compiled in a book on climate change, and a synthesis report with the main findings will be handed over to policy makers before the COP15. The preliminary messages from the congress were handed over to the Former Prime Minister of Denmark on 12 March 2009.