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November 13, 2015

Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors

September 24, 2015

The next UN climate conference will be one of the biggest and most important yet. What can we expect?

One of the largest and most important international climate meetings is about to take place.

On November 30, governments from around the world will gather at COP21 in Paris to (hopefully) finalize and agree to a deal that keeps the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The outcome in Paris could signal the future direction and ambition of global climate action. Many greet this optimism with cautionary notes, reminiscent of countries’ previous failures to secure a global deal, and muted expectations heading into COP21. There are already some hints of what we can expect in Paris, including the US, China, and other countries recent pledges to reduce emissions.

But what actually happens behind closed doors? What can COP21 achieve and what does that mean for the future governance of our climate?

Join us for a free public dialogue with a seasoned veteran of global climate negotiations. Jen Allan will shed light on how COP21 is organized and how the various negotiators interact. She'll also give an insiders perspective on some of the stories we're expecting to emerge as well as key countries and actors to watch.

When: Thursday, September 24 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC Room 2245
Registration:  Reserve your free seat here