Schneider Summer Fellowship: United Nations Foundation (UNF)
Haas Center for Public Service
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Cardinal Quarter Eligible
Applications closed on January 21, 2020
UN Foundation Climate Science Communications workstream is housed within the UN Foundation’s climate team. The climate team works to combat the global climate crisis, transition the world to low-carbon energy, and tackle our most pressing environmental challenges – from the loss of biodiversity to unsustainable agricultural practices. UNF is particularly focused on working to promote and protect the Paris Climate Agreement, the world’s first global deal on climate change, which was universally adopted by 195 countries in 2015. The Climate Science Communications workstream provides support to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s climate science body, in the lead up to and release of scientific reports. Despite the enormous task of assembling these reports, the IPCC has very limited resources to devote to disseminating and promoting the report findings.
The UN Foundation has worked directly with the IPCC since 2012 to provide staff, expertise, and resources to ensure the IPCC is equipped for the global report launches. UNF is preparing to play this unique role again for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), which will be released in three parts over the course of 2021.
The Schneider Fellow will play a key role in this work by analyzing report drafts, specifically looking at the different mitigation pathways and the role of sustainable energy in achieving global climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Fellow will evaluate the differences between the draft report and previously published IPCC reports, across a variety of variables and identify any significant changes or knowledge gaps. The Fellow will help prepare briefs summarizing the main findings of the new report, focusing on mitigation pathways and energy systems developments.
Schneider Fellowship – Climate Science Research Fellow
The Schneider Climate Science Research Fellow is expected to work with the UN Foundation’s Climate team. Specifically, the Fellow will support the Foundation’s climate science communications initiative. This will include working closely with team members to accomplish the following:
The Fellow’s main project will be
The Fellow will support the UN Foundation team in developing materials to help educate government, sub-national actors, businesses, and civil society representatives about the report findings, specifically on energy.
The Schneider Climate Science Research Fellow may also represent the UN Foundation in domestic (and possibly international) events and/or meetings that occur during the Fellowship.
In addition to the defined project, the Schneider Climate Science Research Fellow is expected to assist with other projects and tasks related to UNF’s climate program and/or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The abovementioned responsibilities will provide the Fellow with a broad view of the UN Foundation’s work and valuable exposure to the work of the UN on climate and sustainable energy issues.