Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors

Carbon Talks

Published on Oct 1, 2015

One of the largest and most important international climate meetings is about to take place. On November 30, governments from around the world will gather at COP21 in Paris to (hopefully) finalize and agree to a deal that keeps the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The outcome in Paris could signal the future direction and ambition of global climate action. Many greet this optimism with cautionary notes, reminiscent of countries’ previous failures to secure a global deal, and muted expectations heading into COP21. There are already some hints of what we can expect in Paris, including the US, China, and other countries recent pledges to reduce emissions.
But what actually happens behind closed doors? What can COP21 achieve and what does that mean for the future governance of our climate?

This public dialogue was held on Sep 24th by Jennifer Allan, a seasoned veteran of global climate negotiations. It took place at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, in Vancouver. Jennifer Allan shed light on how COP21 is organized and how the various negotiators interact. She also gave an insiders perspective on some of the stories we’re expecting to emerge as well as key countries and actors to watch.

Jennifer Allan
Team Leader/Writer, IISD Reporting Services, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Moderated by Michael Small, Executive Director of Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities

This event was a partnership between Carbon Talks, Renewable Cities, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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