Climate Change Resilience and Governance


Program Year:
Thursday, 5 June 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, 6 June 2014 - 6:00pm
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Artist credit: Painting by Michael Zachary, used with permission.

A S&T Policy Fellows Summit hosted by the Energy and Climate Affinty Group and the Social Science Affinity Group, in collaboration with Bioneers. 

Download the program here.

Download the post event summary here.


Couldn't make it in person but would like to view the presentations? Click here to access the videos from each session. (Please note: webcasting did not include luncheon activities or the reception.)

Issues of governance—how collective decisions are made, interpreted, implemented, and challenged—will enable or impede activities to increase resilience. Governance in the context of resilience raises important questions:


  • Who decides what resilience actions are taken?
  • How are conflicts resolved?
  • What creative steps are communities taking and what barriers are they encountering? how can people change them?
  • Could a less centralized governance system work better in some cases?
  • Where and how does governance happen outside “the state”?
  • How can governmental organizations be more effective?

Is this for me? Who else will be there?

This two-day summit is for government officials and staff, civil society, community, corporate, and thought leaders, journalists, and others interested in the governance issues raised by climate change resilience. Come if you work on climate issues and want to engage more on governance. Come if you work on and want to better understand the tensions climate change may increase.

Why participate?

To contribute to the conversation and deepen understanding of the governance challenges posed by climate change preparedness and resilience and to discuss ways to move forward.

Will the summit have a lasting impact?

Yes! This summit will make governance issues more prominent and increase the nuances in ongoing climate resilience discussions. The summit will bring people together to connect and work. Organizers will support ongoing conversations and follow-up activities.

What is Governance?

The United Nations Development Programme has said governance is "the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affairs at all levels. It comprises mechanisms, processes and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences" (Governance for Sustainable Human Development, 1997).


Suggested Reading by Michael Gerrard (Corporate Session, Director of Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School):


Suggested Reading by Vivian Thomson (Arenas for Action Session, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Politics, University of Virginia):


Suggested Reading by Darshan Karwat (Event Organizer and Moderator, AAAS Fellow, Innovation Team, EPA):


Venue Information:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Space Name: AAAS - Auditorium
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington District Of Columbia 20005