The world’s change of political landscape adds to the uncertainties and challenges facing by international cooperation, demanding a reevaluation of the future of global governance. What do Brexit and U.S. election mean for international affairs? Is progress still possible in global governance? Could the Paris Agreement withstand the risk of a possible global diplomatic backlash?
On November 30, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, Caixin Video and Columbia Global Center | Beijing co-hosted a public event on The future of global governance and climate action in a changing political landscape to discuss the above issues.
Above: Prof. QI Ye
Above: Prof. JIA Qingguo
Above: Prof. SHI Yinhong
Above: Prof. ZOU Ji
Director, The Climate Policy Initiative
Dean and Professor - School of International Studies, Peking University
Professor of International Relations and Director, Center on American Studies, Renmin University of China
Deputy Director General - China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation
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[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24] There was a capacity to be a convener, each of us.That’s not available right now.
[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24 and the Paris Agreement "Rulebook"] [There's] a lot of push this year from a number of developing countries to basically re-bifurcate these things. It’s a big fight.
[On making progress on climate change] We’re in a stage where no one really knows what to do. And it’s easier to try out things in small groups and figure out what works. The problem is that the climate scientists say we don’t have time for all this slow, cautious experimentation anymore, because the train is speeding. That’s the nature of the problem. It’s the result of having spent a long time talking about the climate problem in formats that really didn’t make progress.