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After the Paris Climate Summit: What now?

December 14, 2015

Toron­to, ON — Media are invit­ed to attend a pan­el of experts in inter­na­tion­al law, glob­al affairs and cli­mate change to assess the his­toric accord signed at the 21st Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the UN Cli­mate Change Con­ven­tion. Host­ed joint­ly by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Fac­ul­ty of Law and the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs, and mod­er­at­ed by for­mer for­eign cor­re­spon­dent Bri­an Stew­art, the pan­el will dis­cuss the Paris accord and the future of the glob­al cli­mate regime, ask­ing:

Is the Paris out­come a legal­ly bind­ing agree­ment, and does it mat­ter? What should we make of states’ ‘nation­al­ly deter­mined con­tri­bu­tions’ to reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions?

  • What were the nego­ti­a­tion dynam­ics between devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­tries, and how did ‘South/North’ issues man­i­fest them­selves in the Paris out­come?
  • Transna­tion­al vs. mul­ti­lat­er­al: How were the ‘main events’ (inter-state nego­ti­a­tions) and ‘side-events’ (var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and experts) nav­i­gat­ed at the Paris sum­mit?
  • What roles do civ­il soci­ety groups play in glob­al cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions and gov­er­nance?
  • What comes next?

Par­tic­i­pants include: Jut­ta Brun­née, Fac­ul­ty of Law; Steven Bern­stein, Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence; Matthew Hoff­mann, Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence; Kei­th Stew­art, Green­peace Cana­da, and instruc­tor, School for the Envi­ron­ment; and Sil­via Maci­u­nas, For­eign Affairs, Trade and Devel­op­ment.

Wednes­day, Decem­ber 16, 2015

4 pm – 5:30 pm

Camp­bell Con­fer­ence Facil­i­ty
Munk School of Glob­al Affairs

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
1 Devon­shire Place
Toron­to, Ontario
M5S 3K7

Seat­ing is lim­it­ed and media are kind­ly asked to RSVP: