Previewing COP21 in Paris: What business and civil society can expect at the upcoming climate conference [fr]

The Paris Climate Change Conference is expected to establish the architecture for the UN climate change regime post-2020 in December 2015, hence, it may be the most important climate meeting since the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009.


What will the conference likely to achieve? How can we measure the success of the conference? What will the implications be for businesses, civil society and the general public?

This event co-organised by Civic exchange and the Institute for the Environment of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, was held on the 6th November 2015 in Central, Hong Kong.
Prof. Daniel Bodansky from Arizona State University gave a preview on the legal issues in the negotiations of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

Speaker’s Biography:

Prof Dan Bodansky is a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainability; and Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
He formerly served as Climate Change Coordinator at the US Department of State and has recently been actively involved in the “Towards 2015” dialogue, an informal dialogue among senior climate change negotiators from more than 20 countries, convened by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, an independent, non-partisan, Washington-based, NGO.

Key points developed in the video:

- History of sustainable development treaties. The 4 different stages: Act I (1991-1994), Act II (1995-2005), Act III (2005-2012) and Act IV (2012-2015)

- Environment effectiveness. This is a function of three variables: Anticipation, participation and compliance.

- Inequality of climate change. In the future some countries are going to be better off and some are going to be worst off.

- The hybrid approach in treaties: Nation flexibility (to promote participation, ex. Copenhagen) and International rules (to have long term goal, ex. Kyoto).

- Importance of INCDs in futur negotiations.

- Legally binding in treaties.

Please find attached the PPT of the presentation bellow:

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publié le 20/12/2016

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