Stopping climate change necessitates to re-build global economic and social systems as quickly as possible. The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals provide a long-term frame of reference for this complex task. The Global Climate Governance team sees itself as navigators of governance processes in these areas. As architects of transformative solutions the researchers develop integrated strategies and instruments at global level to advance this transformation.

Within the Energy, Transport and Climate Policy Division the team works on three main topic areas: governance, transformation and sustainability.

Governance: The Wuppertal Institute has observed and analysed the United Nations climate negotiations since 1995 and regularly summarises the state of the negotiations. The researchers provide in-depth advice to political institutions as well civil society and other actors working within the climate policy field. In addition, the team is familiar with national climate policy processes and the positions of individual countries in international climate politics world-wide.


Transformation: The team analyses and develops transformation strategies for a multitude of actors from a global perspective. These strategies relate not only to embarking onto sustainable societal pathways, practices and technologies, but also incorporate the deliberate exit from unsustainable structures and practices and overcoming related path dependencies (phase-out, exnovation).

Sustainability: Ambitious climate policy is only sustainable and feasible if it directly contributes to further dimensions of sustainable development. The team therefore contributes to putting additional sustainability benefits, which international climate policy has often patronised as "co-benefits", front and centre as "main benefits" of actions that are catalysed through climate policy.


Christiane Beuermann

Tel.: +49 202 2492-329

Fax: +49 202 2492-250

Wolfgang Obergassel

Tel.: +49 202 2492-149

Fax: +49 202 2492-250


Here you find publications on global climate governance.


Here you find research activities in the field of international climate policy.

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