WEBINAR: Post COP 21 From Intent to Action

by Arturo Herrera on February 5, 2016

The Paris accord is the easy part of the Paris Accord. The hard part is maintaining the intent of the goals when the actions necessary are not binding. Critical commitments emerged from the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) December 2015 meeting  in Paris where developed and developing nations were able to bridge their economic-based differences and forge a landmark global greenhouse gas mitigation agreement. The accord sets a course for an historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades with the goal of keeping global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels.
From Intent to Action 
The agreement is the easy part of the Paris Accord.  The hard part is maintaining the intent of the goals when the actions necessary are not binding.
The Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability discussed the next steps after COP 21.  This session examined the policy, legal and social justice challenges in the transition from intent to action and how success can be gauged along the way.
Meet the Panel
Modertor:  Robert Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Bob has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 30 years, most recently as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, he served as chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society, Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland and as a senior planning official for the city of Baltimore.



Daniel M. Bodansky is a preeminent authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability and is a key player in Arizona State University’s College of Law’s new Program on Law and Sustainability.



Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Earlier in his career, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.


Sonya Klinsky is an Arizona State University Senior Scientist investigating how climate change policy has been developed and perceived in both domestic and international arenas. This work focuses on the development of cap and trade mechanisms, ongoing debates about justice, and the role of economic modeling in policy decision-making.


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