The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed in Rio in 1992 was a milestone achievement in confronting climate change. It opened a new area of global climate governance, led by developed nations and characterized by multilateral collaboration. However, the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, lack of decisive climate action within the European Union, and frustration with the multilateral process cast an ominous shadow on the future of the U.N.-led approach to the climate change crisis. Global climate governance has reached a critical juncture.
Will the Paris Agreement stay on track and achieve its goal? Is it time to reshape climate governance and rethink our approach? Are there alternative approaches that can unite the efforts of governments, corporations, NGOs, citizens, and the society at large to mitigate climate change?
On August 30, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center will host a panel discussion to assess the implementation of the Paris Agreement, reflect on the current mechanism, and explore new approaches.