From Paris to 2030

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Five years after the landmark Paris climate agreement, most countries remain far behind on meeting their 2030 emission-reduction targets, and will now have to double or even triple their commitments in order to prevent dangerous levels of global warming this century. While the economics of clean, renewable energy have become increasingly favorable, there has been a glaring lack of leadership, particularly at the global level.

The December summit thus will focus squarely on the issue of climate leadership. In addition to exploring Europe’s role in the global equation, America’s prospects in the coming years, and China’s recent 2060 carbon-neutrality plan, the discussion will look ahead to the next ten years and beyond.



Moderator: Jo Coburn
Opening Video – The Paris Agreement, five years on
  1. Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Co-Founder of Global Optimism Ltd
  2. Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the UN, Deputy Chair of The Elders
Session One – A Decade of Climate Leadership: Who Will Claim the Mantle? After four years of America pulling back from its climate commitments, the resulting leadership vacuum has created new opportunities for other geopolitical powers. Has the center of gravity for green policymaking shifted?
2:05PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with International media
  1. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Chair of The Elders
  2. Todd Stern, Former US Special Envoy on Climate Change
  3. Shang-Jin Wei, Former Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank
3:05PM Closing remarks  Jerry Brown, Former Governor of California
3:10PM Break
Session Two – The Urgency of 2030 The limited progress made during the first five years of the Paris agreement underscores the need for even greater urgency if we are going to achieve a just transition to a low-carbon economy. What steps need to be taken immediately (not next year or the year after) to ensure that we are on a sounder climate footing by 2030?
3:25PM Opening Remarks  Ambroise Fayolle Vice President of the European Investment Bank
3:30PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with International media
  1. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway, Member of The Elders
  2. Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank
  3. Shamina Singh, Founder & President of the Center for Inclusive Growth
4:30PM Closing remarks  Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission

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