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Rosina M. Bierbaum, STAP Chair, is among the new members to be elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences – one of the highest honors in the scientific field.

"Election to the National Academy of Sciences has me stunned, humbled, and elated, all at the same time. This institution is the premier voice of science and technology in the Nation and needed now more than ever in this era of ‘alt-facts,” Dr. Bierbaum said. 

"As a first-generation college graduate hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I know I would not be here without “Star Trek”, a lot of science fairs, and many, many patient mentors along the way,"

"Their strongest advice to me was that doing research was not enough, but one should strive to be a ‘civic scientist’ and communicate the value of science to the public.”

“My unusual career has... Read More

The open session of the bi-annual STAP Meeting was held in connection with the 54th GEF Council and 6th GEF Assembly Meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

The meeting was held in the Ariyana Ballroom 1A, Ariyana Convention Center, on the grounds of the Furama Resort. The open session featured the following list of  presentations, with discussions on: Climate Risk Screening, Environmental Security, Circular Economy, and Local Commons for Global Benefits. You may access these presentations below.

In her presentation to the GEF Council on 25 June, Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, the Chair of STAP, explained that the Panel’s papers for the GEF Assembly were part of a linked set, under three broad themes – integration, innovation, and learning.

The starting point is the science addressing interconnected and interacting environmental and social challenges which require systems thinking; this is fundamental to achieving better integration. Two prime examples of this are the food system and plastics, for both of which a circular economy approach would be beneficial. At the 2014 Assembly, STAP had recommended that more attention be given to environmental security, and had now provided advice on how to do this more effectively. Two papers examined achieving GEF’s goals of transformation: one broadly focused on innovation, including... Read More

The 22nd Convention for the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Marrakech, Morocco, between November 7th and 18th.  This was the first COP to follow the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  As such,  the meeting opened with a note of hope under the theme of action and implementation. Official negotiations yielded a timeframe for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

In the meantime, hundreds of side events and exhibits brought together  climate experts from all over the world and sectors, including scientists, civil society, governments, and the private sector, to discuss in more detail the innovations required to help achieve the ambitious... Read More

Over the past two decades, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has supported the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in delivering its mission “…to assist in the protection of the global environment”, and promote “environmentally sound and sustainable economic development.” The Panel is supported by a Secretariat which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). STAP’s goal is to assist the GEF partnership in delivering on it’s mission by leveraging knowledge and science on the global environment and sustainability. STAP advises the GEF on ways to advance a better understanding of the global environment and development, and how to address them. STAP provides a forum for integrating expertise on science and technology, and functions as an important conduit between the GEF and the global science and policy... Read More

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