Paris Knowledge Bridge: Unpacking International Climate Governance

Video: The Science and Economics of Climate Governance
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There are many actors involved in international climate governance. Two key communities are those researching and disseminating climate science and those working to build low-carbon economies. This video takes a closer look at these communities working for climate action. It also picks up on climate finance, which is one of the means of implementation introduced in video two (The Pillars of Climate Governance).

Learning objectives

By the end of this video you will:

  1. understand the IPCC: how it makes decisions, gathers and disseminates climate science and works with other international organizations;
  2. know about some key economic issues, such as carbon pricing, fossil fuel subsidies, economic diversification and job creation;
  3. see how climate change and sustainable development are connected;
  4. know the main bodies that channel climate finance, some of the challenges;
  5. see that climate action creates economic opportunities, not only risks.

The History of Climate Governance
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Efforts to address climate change have a long history. To understand the future of climate change governance, as we look to Paris in December 2015, we need to understand the history.

The Pillars of Climate Governance
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Modern international climate governance is organized around three pillars: mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation. Under each pillar are many issues and policies, illustrating the many ways climate change affects our lives.

The Science and Economics of Climate Governance
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There are many actors involved in international climate governance. Two key communities are those researching and disseminating climate science and those working to build low-carbon economies. This video takes a closer look at these communities working for climate action. It also picks up on climate finance, which is one of the means of implementation introduced in video two (The Pillars of Climate Governance).

The State of Play in the UNFCCC Negotiations
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Countries gather in Paris in December 2015 to finalize and agree to a new agreement to address climate change. After twenty five years, many hope that the future of climate action will be brighter than the past. For these negotiations to be successful, countries must address many thorny issues to catalyze climate action that is meaningful, and lasts into the future.

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