The Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) hosted a full house for their co-sponsored workshop: Global Climate Governance and Canadian Policy: Looking Forward to Paris 2015.
Organized by Simon Dalby, Dan Scott, Sarah Brown and Joanne Weston, the workshop framed discussion around the question:
Why are the upcoming UN Climate Negotiations important?
“The twenty-first session of the conference of the parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Paris in December 2015. COP21 is considered to be a pivotal moment in international climate negotiations, with the objective to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. The Canadian negotiating team in Paris will be representing a re-elected or newly elected federal government. Alongside other government and non-governmental leaders, they will be faced with the challenge of crafting a position that satisfies diverse domestic interests while addressing the need to substantially limit future greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to increasingly severe climate-induced impacts, both in Canada and abroad. This workshop will investigate Canadian political positions and policy options in the context of global governance of climate change, as well as the role of Canadian researchers and universities in contributing to public discourse on climate change.”
The workshop kicked off with a CIGI Signature Lecture on Thursday evening by Johann Rockstrom, of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Watch Rockstrom’s lecture “Big World, Small Planet: Abundance Within Planetary Boundaries” here: https://www.cigionline.org/events/big-world-small-planet-abundance-within-planetary-boundaries
The next day featured a full day of panels and discussion including a noon-hour address by Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne. Download the full program agenda at the IC3 website: https://uwaterloo.ca/climate-centre/sites/ca.climate-centre/files/uploads/files/bsia_ic3_workshop_march_27_2015_final_agenda.pdf