What it will take to deliver on the Paris climate agreement
The Paris climate agreement, recently signed onto by 196 countries, is a milestone in recognizing the threat posed by climate change and securing collective commitment to hold global temperature rise to “well below 2 degrees Celsius.” The task now is to translate this ambitious commitment into a concrete implementation agenda.
On June 7, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted a high-level panel which included eminent climate expert Lord Nicholas Stern*; World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati*; University of Maryland Dean of Public Policy and longtime climate advisor Robert Orr; as well as Vice President Kemal Dervis and Senior Fellow Amar Bhattacharya of the Global Economy and Development program. The panel assessed the challenges as well as the opportunities in implementing the Paris climate agreement.
*Lord Nicholas Stern is co-chair and Sri Mulyani Indrawati is global commissioner of the Global Commission on the New Climate Economy.
IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government - London School of Economics
President of the British Academy
Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Bank
Dean, UMD School of Public Policy
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[On the Global Climate Action Summit] I think that this summit’s been very useful. It’s a demonstration of activism, it’s a demonstration of will, it’s a demonstration of engagement by all sorts of sub-national players, and I think that’s all been tremendously useful. But, it doesn’t fill the gap of the absence of the United States at a national level. The US federal government can drive action all around the entire country, not just state-by-state.