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About the Symposium

This third Nobel Laureate Symposium, which followed from previous meetings in Potsdam and London, focused on the need for integrated approaches that deal with the synergies, conflicts and trade-offs between the individual components of climate change.

Climate change, decreasing biodiversity, deteriorating ecosystems, poverty and a continuously growing population all contribute to reducing the planet’s resilience and may have catastrophic implications for humanity.

Each of these problems has attracted great attention from the international community, but they have invariably been considered in isolation, with little or no regard to the interactions between them.

It is time to change this approach.

An informal setting
The Symposium was organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research.

The Symposium, organised with the participation and support of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, provided an informal setting for productive discussions on how we can transform current governance into a more sustainable and adaptive management approach that operates within the boundaries of the planet.

It took place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm between 16-19 May and included a mix of plenary presentations, panel discussions and working group sessions. The Symposium was concluded by a Royal dinner hosted by HM Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The event was by invitation only, but the outcomes as well as some of the discussions and lectures was made available on this website.