The JPI Climate action group SINCERE (Strengthening INternational Cooperation on climatE change REsearch) met for its second General Assembly meeting on October 8, 9 and 10 at the BELSPO offices in Brussels. Held at month 9 since the start of the project, this meeting served as a first waypoint to assess the state of play.
The SINCERE partners were welcomed on day 1 by Frank Monteny (Director General Research and Space at BELSPO), Petra Manderscheid (on behalf of the JPI Climate Chair) and SINCERE coordinator Sophie Verheyden (BELSPO). Jan De Schutter (BELSPO) was introduced as co-coordinator. Meropi Paneli (Senior Policy Officer - External Relation Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development Unit C6 (DEVCO)) talked about how the DG DEVCO is supporting African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to tackle climate change and increase resilience to climate induced disasters.
Also on day 1, Work Package leaders and Task leaders presented the progress made during the first months of the project. During the next days of the meeting, parallel sessions gave the SINCERE partners opportunity to discuss a way forward in close mutual collaboration.
On day 3 of the meeting, Arne Lietz (Member of the European Parliament) talked about the report on EU-Climate diplomacy and his experience in addressing climate change issues on the various political levels. To conclude the General Assembly meeting, the Work Package leaders presented the outcome of the discussions and laid out their roadmap for the next year of SINCERE.