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The Harvard Project at COP-21 in Paris

| November 17, 2015

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements will co-host four events at COP-21 in Paris, and Director Robert Stavins will be a panelist at another five events. Topics of these nine panels will range from China-U.S. cooperation on climate-change policy, to the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the nature of market mechanisms in a system of heterogeneous mitigation commitments. COP-21—the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—promises to be a major milestone in global efforts to address climate change, as the UNFCCC's 195 member countries are slated to complete a major new international agreement in Paris. The Harvard Project will address the key issues associated with the agreement.

COP-21 attendees who wish to contact the Harvard Project before or during the conference, should email:

Jason Chapman

Robert Stowe

The following list of COP-21 events may be downloaded below.

General note: All but one event below are in the "Blue Zone" of the Conference, for which accreditation (a Conference badge) is required to enter. One event, on December 9, is in the "Green Zone," which is open to the public.

For more information on the following events and a complete schedule of Blue Zone events, see here;  for Green Zone, here.


Events Co-Sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements:

"Dialogue on the Comparison of Climate Change Policies"
Friday, December 4;  1:00–3:00 pm;  Pavilion of the People's Republic of China ("Blue Zone")
Co-host:National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC; Beijing)
Participants: Robert Stavins; Zou Ji, Fu Sha, Qi Yue, Chen Ji (NCSC); Duan Maosheng (Tsinghua University); Thomas Brewer (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development); Wang Mou (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); Robert Stowe (Harvard Project on Climate Agreements)

"Comparing Mitigation Effort Across the World: How to Trade Emissions after Paris?"
Monday, December 7;  11:30 am–12:50 pm;  Pavilion of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) ("Blue Zone")
Co-Hosts: International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), World Bank Group Networked Carbon Markets initiative
Participants: Robert Stavins; Dirk Forrister (IETA); David Hone (IETA and Shell); Andrei Marcu (Centre for European Policy Studies); Gilbert Metcalf (Tufts University); Vikram Widge (World Bank Group)
For more information and a schedule of events at the IETA Pavilion, see here.

"The IPCC at a Crossroads: Enhancing the Usefulness of IPCC to the UNFCCC Process"
Wednesday, December 9;  11:30 am–1:00 pm;  Observer Room 12 ("Blue Zone")
Co-Hosts: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM; Venice and Milan), Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC; Berlin), Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Participants: Robert Stavins; Carlo Carraro (FEEM); Ottmar Edenhofer (MCC); Charles Kolstad (SEEPAC); Hoesung Lee (Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

"Key Elements of the Paris Agreement and Implications for Business"
Wednesday, December 9;  3:00–4:30 pm;  Room 9, Climate Generations Area ("Green Zone")
Co-Host: Enel Foundation
Participants: Robert Stavins; Joseph Aldy (Harvard Kennedy School, by Skype); Dirk Forrister (IETA); Simone Mori (Enel SpA)

Other Events at which Robert Stavins is Speaking:

"International Carbon Markets in a Post 2020 Climate Regime"
Thursday, December 3;  4:00–5:30 pm;  Africa Pavilion ("Blue Zone")
Co-sponsors: African Development Bank Group, European Commission
Participants: Jos Delbeke (European Commission), Dirk Forrister (IETA), Robert Stavins, others.

"China-California Low Carbon and Climate Change Cooperation"
Monday, December 7; 2:00–4:00 pm
Pavilion of the People's Republic of China ("Blue Zone")
Co-sponsors: State of California and the National Development and Reform Commission (Government of the People's Republic of China)
Participants: XIE Zhenhua, China Special Envoy on Climate Change; Jerry Brown, Governor of California; SU Wei, Director General, Climate Change Department, National Development and Reform Commission, PRC; Matt Rodriguez, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency; Robert Stavins; others.

"Can National Policies and INDCs Alone Lead to a Workable and Effective Climate Regime?"
This event is based on a major new edited volume on international climate-change policy, Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime (available for free here), edited by Scott Barrett, Carlo Carraro, and Jaime de Melo.
Tuesday, December 8;  11:30 am–1:00 pm
Observer Room 4 ("Blue Zone")
Hosts: Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI), University of Venice, ClimateWorks Foundation
Participants: Ana Toni (Moderator; Instituto Clima e Sociedade), Carlo Carraro (University of Venice and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), Surabi Menon (ClimateWorks Foundation), Roger Guesnerie (Collège de France), Jaime de Melo (University of Geneva), Scott Barrett (Columbia University), Robert Stavins

"The Road from Paris: The Potential Value of International Emissions Trading Partnerships in Implementing Current and Future Pledges"
Thursday, December 10; 12:00–1:30 pm
Pavilion of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) ("Blue Zone")
Co-Sponsors:  Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), IETA
Participants: Dirk Forrister (IETA); Richard Richels, Steven Rose (EPRI); Nat Keohane (Environmental Defense Fund); Michael Oppenheimer (Princeton University); Robert Stavins.

"Implementing Paris Agreement: Innovation of Development Path"
Thursday, December 10;  1:00–3:00 pm
Pavilion of the People's Republic of China ("Blue Zone")
Host: Government of the People's Republic of China
Participants (most are senior leaders in research institutes): Xie Zhenhua (China’s Special Representative on Climate Change); Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics) ; Zou Ji (China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation); Teresa Ribera (IDDRI); Meena Raman (Third World Network); Andrew Steer (World Resources Institute); Priyadarshi R. Shukla (Indian Institute of Management); Robert Stavins.

For more information on this publication: Please contact Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
For Academic Citation: Stowe, Robert C.. “The Harvard Project at COP-21 in Paris.” News, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center, November 17, 2015.

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