DUE TO THE EXTREMELY HIGH NUMBER OF SUBSCRIPTIONS, REGISTRATION FOR THIS MEETING IS NOW CLOSED.
Participants are advised to arrive early, as they will be accomodated on a first come first served basis. The debate will be followed by a reception, courtesy of IETA.
The UN’s climate summit in Cancun which concluded last Friday has been hailed by many as a success: while the achievements are relatively modest, they appear to show that the UN framework can continue to deliver, albeit in a step-wise approach. The functioning of this process was put into question by failure during last year’s summit in Copenhagen to reach an agreement that the entire assembly could support. Instead emission reduction pledges by developed countries and appropriate mitigation measures for developing countries were submitted one by one and amalgamated in the so-called Copenhagen Accord. These have been given greater legitimacy in Cancun.
But is that enough? Will it make getting a new binding international agreement easier? Why was this summit more successful than the last? What does it mean for the final rounds of climate negotiations before expiry of Kyoto climate targets? Is there still a future for international carbon markets? What are the implications for the EU’s negotiating objectives and strategy in those negotiations, and for the domestic climate agenda? Should the EU now increase the level of its climate ambition, or stay where it is? These and other questions of burning importance to European business and other stakeholders will be addressed by the speakers on 12 January.