“Reviewing the Paris Climate Agreement and the Future of Climate Change” – WAC 1/26/2016 Event

On January 26, the World Affairs Council hosted an impressive group of panelists to review the Paris Agreement, the implementation process, and the agreement’s role in combating climate change:

  • Mr. Derik Broekhoff – Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Dr. Michael Gillenwater – Executive Director; Dean of the Institute; Co-Founder, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
  • Ms. Brenna Davis – Sustainability Director, Virginia Mason Health System & Chair, Washington Business for Climate Action
  • Mr. Marc Daudon (moderator) – Founder & Strategic Advisor, Strategic Planning & Facilitation, Climate Change, Cascadia Consulting Group

Both Dr. Gillenwater and Ms. Davis attended the Paris climate talks which gave audience members a great first-hand account of the negotiation process. 

The panelists emphasized the major role the French government played in facilitating a successful agreement, and called it a testament to strong diplomatic efforts. The speakers pointed to highlights of the Paris Agreement which includes the $100 billion in investment pledged annually to the developing world and the breaking down of barriers between developed and developing countries. Prior to COP21, there were 187 countries that submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to outline post-2020 climate actions they plan to implement. This is a testament to the coordinated international efforts to combat climate change. Other topics of conversation included the role of public-private partnerships in addressing climate change, and the influence of the market on climate change efforts, specifically the effects of the low price of oil on the search for and implementation of clean technologies. 

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