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Keeping the Paris work program on track: Challenges and opportunities

Past Event

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed in Rio in 1992 was a milestone achievement in confronting climate change. It opened a new era of global climate governance, led by developed nations and characterized by multilateral collaboration. The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 saw a truly global response to the global challenge of climate change. However, the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and frustration with the multilateral process cast a shadow on the future of the U.N.-led approach to the climate change crisis. Global climate governance has reached a critical juncture.

How can the Paris Agreement stay on track and achieve its goal? Is it time to reshape climate governance and if so, how? Are there alternative approaches that can unite the efforts of governments, corporations, NGOs, citizens, and the society at large to mitigate climate change?

On August 30, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted a panel discussion to assess the implementation of the Paris Agreement, reflect on how to ensure the current mechanism is effective, and explore new approaches.

Jo Tyndall delivering keynote speech
Jo Tyndall delivering keynote speech
Above: QI Ye, Jo Tyndall, ZHANG haibin
Above: QI Ye, Jo Tyndall, ZHANG haibin

Agenda

Welcome Remarks

Keynote Speech

Jo Tyndall

co-Chair of the ad hoc working group on the Paris Agreement(APA)

New Zealand’s Acting Climate Change Ambassador - New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Panel Discussion and Q&A Session

Jo Tyndall

co-Chair of the ad hoc working group on the Paris Agreement(APA)

New Zealand’s Acting Climate Change Ambassador - New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Zhang Haibin

Professor - School of International Studies, Peking University

Director - Center for International Organization Studies, Peking University

Closing Remarks

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