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Is the Paris Agreement on Track?

Is the Paris Agreement on Track?

December 09, 2016

What happened at COP22 and what does it mean for global cooperation on climate change?

At COP21 last December, the Paris Agreement was unanimously adopted and charted a new course in the global response to climate change. In Marrakesh this November, world governments came together for the first time since Paris to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement at COP22. Ministers and civil society met against the backdrop of fresh evidence that 2016 will be the warmest year on record and with the election of a new administration in Washington that could reverse American support for the Paris Agreement. 

So what happened at COP22? What was (and wasn't) agreed to, and what does this mean for progress on climate change? 

Panelists

Jennifer Allan, Team Leader/Writer, IISD Reporting Services, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Jen Allan is a PhD Candidate in political science at the University of British Columbia studying global environmental politics, particularly global efforts to address climate change and to reduce chemical pollution and waste. Her research focuses on the social aspects of environmental politics: why and how some social movements become involved in and even thrive in global environmental negotiations. She currently works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). With IISD, she has attended many multilateral environmental negotiations, including all the negotiations for the new climate change agreement expected in Paris. 

Tzeporah Berman, environmental activist and writer, Adjunct Professor at York University 

Tzeporah Berman is a Canadian environmental activist and writer, and has 20 years of experience designing environmental campaigns in Canada and internationally. She is known for her role as the blockade coordinator for largest civil disobedience in Canada’s history in Clayoquot Sound in 1993.  She currently works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues, including the oil sands and pipelines. This year she was appointed by the Alberta Government to Co-Chair the Oilsands Advisory Working Group tasked with making recommendations to implement climate change and cumulative impact policies.  Last year she was appointed to the BC Government Climate Leadership Team tasked with making policy recommendations to meet BC legislated climate targets.  Tzeporah is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, the former Co-Director of Greenpeace International's Climate Program and Co-founder of ForestEthics. 


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