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Decoding Paris: Will the Paris Climate Negotiations Catalyze Greater Climate Action?

Past Event

November 16, 2015

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a panel discussion previewing the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting, beginning November 30th in Paris, is the culmination of a four-year negotiating process and will set the stage for international climate change cooperation for many years to come. This event will discuss the obstacles to achieving a successful agreement in Paris, what the prospects are for an agreement, and how such an agreement might impact climate policy in countries around the world. It will also address the many other initiatives going on in Paris by public and private actors that are intended to catalyze more ambitious action on climate change. Speakers will include:

Majid Al Suwaidi, Lead Climate Change Negotiator and Consular General in New York for the United Arab Emirates;

Professor Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Selwin Hart, Director, United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team

Ruenna Haynes, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, New York and Climate Change Negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago, CARICOM and the Alliance of Small Island States

The discussion will be moderated by CGEP Fellow Keith Benes.

Registration is required. This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~5 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website.