Toward 2ºC target: Opportunities and challenges of global climate governance in new age


Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt, April 22, 2015. The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometres into the sky. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX19W05

A historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by nearly 200 nations in Paris in Dec 12, 2015, with the aim to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In Nov 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force. The Paris Agreement is not only a great signal for a global transition to a green and low carbon economy, but also a key turning point, beginning a new era of global climate governance.

From the Kyoto Protocol to the Copenhagen Accord, and then to the Paris Agreement, there are many questions that need to be answered: What changes in global climate governance have taken place? What are the roles of traditional developed countries and emerging developing countries in the new age? With the current dynamic and new trend of global climate governance, what are the opportunities and challenges that must be undergone in order to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement? How do the political changes in America and Europe influence global climate governance? What is the role of China in global climate governance, and how will China lead the globe toward the 2 degree target?

On Mar 27, the Brookings- Tsinghua Center for Public Policy and WWF will co-organize an open dialogue on the theme of “Toward 2ºC target: Opportunities and challenges of global climate governance in new age”, inviting Chinese and foreign experts to discuss the new trends of global climate governance, the opportunities and challenges that must be undergone, and China’s role on the international stage. Working language will be Chinese and English with simultaneous translation.