Paris Knowledge Bridge: Unpacking International Climate Governance

Video: 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.

Learning objectives

By the end of this video you will:

  1. know what is at stake in these negotiations;
  2. understand some of the key issues to solve in the new agreement, such as differentiation and balancing mitigation and adaptation;
  3. understand the need for action today, and how countries are trying to catalyze climate action before the new agreement takes effect;
  4. appreciate arguments why the UN should continue to address climate change; and
  5. witness the work of others to address climate change, and the significance of these efforts.

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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