The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco from November 7 to 18. The Paris Convention, the main outcome from Paris Summit last year, will come into effect. The Paris Convention is a symbol of the determination and consensus amongst countries who have agreed to take action on climate change.
The catchphrase of the Marrakesh Conference will be “Action,” which means that the focus of COP22 will be to establish effective mechanisms to ensure the implementation the Paris Convention. What are the remaining challenges preventing us from reaching a satisfactory outcome? What should we expect from this year’s conference? What influence will the implementation of the Paris Convention exert on China?
On November 2, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and chinadialogue co-hosted a seminar on Heading to Marrakech: What do we expect from the 2016 Climate Summit? Experts shared their opinions on the above questions.
Zou Ji, Deputy Director General, China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation
Hu Min, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings-Tsinghua Center; Director, Low Carbon Economic Growth Program, Energy Foundation China
Yang Fuqiang, Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy, China Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Zhou Dadi, Vice Chairman, China Energy Research Society; Former Director General, Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission
Gao Hui, Climate and Energy Program Officer, WWF China
Host：Monica Wang, Team Leader, Strategic Climate Communications, Chinadialogue
[All photos by Hou Xiaojun]
Team Leader, Strategic Climate Communications - Chinadialogue
Deputy Director General - China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings-Tsinghua Center
Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy, China Program - Natural Resources Defense Council
Vice Chairman - China Energy Research Society
Former Director General - Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission
Climate and Energy Programme Officer - WWF China
Involving [Japan, Australia, US and India in a "quad" to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region] was seen as too provocative back then. So to do this on the sidelines of [the ASEAN 2017 Summit] is a significant break from the past.