Understanding Paris 2015 UN Climat Change Conference - A 3-day program for Hong Kong and Macau students [fr]
The United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris, to be held from November 30 through December 11, 2015 is the most important international meeting dealing with global warming since the Copenhagen Conference in 2009. 196 countries will participate in the Paris Conference, with each country being asked to pledge its own “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)” to reduce carbon emissions. The purpose of the Conference is to reach an agreement that would at a minimum at least slow the pace of global warming. Since the Hong Kong SAR includes many islands, Hong Kong will likely be among the areas in the world most affected by global warming.
In this program, co-organized with the Consulate general of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the Hong Kong America Center will provide university students in Hong Kong and Macau the opportunity to learn by both listening and participating about this important meeting. This is a three-part program:
A full-day briefing by distinguished Hong Kong diplomatic and international experts that will provide, for our student participants, key information about climate change and the UN process leading up to this year’s conference.
This event will include :
An Overview of Paris Conference and the EU regional position, by Deputy Consul General Mrs Lilas Bernheim of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
A comment on 5th IPCC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) by Dr. Isabelle Saves, Attachée, Science and Academic Affairs, Consulate General of France
A comment on Climate Change Finance by Mr Jean-Marc Jancovici, a french expert on Sustainable developpement and energy. He is the co-founder of Carbon 4, is the designer of the Bilan Carbone ® on behalf of (French Environment and Energy Management Agency – ADEME).
A two day-long simulation which student teams will play roles of key countries, based on their actual positions. The objective of the simulation would be to take Conference’s draft text, as it then exists, as the point of departure for debate and discussion, in an attempt to reach an agreement consistent with the actual positions of the countries represented.
Including three facilitators from the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau (SAVES Isabelle, METTA Julie and MONIER Justin)
This event will be located in the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre and include an interactive panel discussion will be given by the Secretary for the Environment Mrs Christine Loh, Consul General of France in Hong Kong Mr Eric Berti and the EU Head of Office Mr Vincent Piket. A live streaming given by a French representative (will be precise soon) is also expected to open this last day.
This event is fully organized by the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, The Hong Kong America Center and the Consulate General of France France in Hong Kong and Macau.
Overall the HKAC will enroll 54 students from universities in Hong Kong and Macau. Postgraduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines are welcomed.
More information here