The next few years are crucial for the global climate. There are suggestions from many quarters that previous approaches to international co-operation on climate change have been misguided and that fresh thinking is needed. At the same time, the processes of the international climate negotiations are a mystery to many, including those who take an active interest in climate change as academics and/or engaged citizens. 

The aim of this session is therefore twofold:

  1. to allow such people to gain an understanding of the current state of play in global climate negotiations 
  2. to debate the future priorities for international action on climate change.  

The panelists will speak for 10 minutes, giving their own perspectives on the most recent COP meetings, especially the recent events in Warsaw and the most important issues, challenges and constraints that will be or should be discussed at the Paris COP.  There will then be a moderated Q&A session.

Participants:

  • Andrew Light, Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy on Climate Change in the US Department of State
  • Jake Werksman, Principal Advisor in DG Climate Action, European Commission

Chair: Dr Benito Müller, Associate Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford 

This debate will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome.