UNFCCC Provides Training on Modeling Tools to Analyze Impacts of Response Measures
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The workshop focused on how modeling tools can help with economic diversification and transformation, a just transition of workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs.

It highlighted current gaps in data availability for quantitative assessments, the need for continued qualitative assessments and assessments of cross-border impacts, and the importance of national circumstances in designing and applying response measures.

5 May 2018: The UNFCCC held the first-ever training workshop on modeling tools to analyze potential economic consequences of emission reduction measures, also known as “response measures.” Representatives from academia, research institutions, international organizations and governments shared their experiences in applying a range of modeling tools to identify the unintended impacts of response measures and use the results to facilitate policy making.

Since response measures may have associated unintended impacts, economic modeling tools can help planners and policymakers to minimize such impacts and turn them into economic and social opportunities, which could help decision makers implement more ambitious climate actions. The workshop focused on how such tools can help with economic diversification and transformation, a just transition of workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs.

Economic modeling tools can help planners and policymakers to minimize unintended impacts of response measures and turn them into economic and social opportunities.

The workshop included the presentation of case studies and capacity-building initiatives, such as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN), that focus on modeling in developing countries. It also highlighted current gaps in data availability for quantitative assessments, the need for continued qualitative assessments and assessments of cross-border impacts, and the importance of national circumstances in designing and applying response measures.

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, under the guidance of the Chairs of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as part of the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures, the workshop convened in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference, which concludes on 10 May. The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) supported the workshop as part of their efforts to help countries to address the social aspects resulting from green policies and transitioning towards greener economies. [UNFCCC Press Release] [Workshop Programme]


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