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    Five years after the landmark Paris climate agreement, most countries still lag behind in meeting their 2030 greenhouse gas emission-reduction targets, and will now have to double or even triple their commitments in order to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

    While the economics of clean, renewable energy have become increasingly favourable, we have been witnessing a lack of leadership, particularly at the global level.

    The discussion focused on Europe’s role in the global equation, America’s prospects in the coming years, and China’s recent 2060 carbon-neutrality plan. The event also focused on action for the next ten years and beyond.


      Watch the recording of the event

    Moderator: Jo Coburn

    Opening Session – The Paris Agreement, five years on

    • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, co-founder of Global Optimism Ltd
    • Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the UN, Deputy Chair of The Elders

    Session One – A Decade of Climate Leadership: Who Will Claim the Mantle?

    After four years of America pulling back from its climate commitments, the resulting leadership vacuum has created new opportunities for other geopolitical powers. Has the centre of gravity for green policymaking shifted?

    • 15:05 – Panel Discussion and Q&A with international media
      • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, Chair of The Elders
      • Todd Stern, former US Special Envoy on Climate Change
      • Shang-Jin Wei, former Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank
    • 16:05 – Closing remarks: Jerry Brown, former Governor of California
    • 16:10 – Break

    Session Two – The Urgency of 2030

    The limited progress made during the first five years of the Paris agreement underscores the need for even greater urgency if we are going to achieve a just transition to a low-carbon economy. What steps do we need to take right now (not next year or the year after) to ensure that we are on a sounder climate footing by 2030?

    • 16:25 – Opening Remarks: Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
    • 16:30 – Panel Discussion and Q&A with international media
      • Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, Deputy Chair of The Elders
      • Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert at the European Investment Bank
      • Shamina Singh, Founder & President of the Centre for Inclusive Growth
    • 17:30 – Closing Remarks: Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission

    Watch Vice-President Fayolle's opening remarks