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What’s at Stake in Paris - Diplomacy & Policy at the Climate Change Talks

Nov. 22, 2015

Opening the joint CLIMATE CHANGE DIPLOMACY WEEK event series, speakers and leading climate change experts from both Harvard and beyond participated in a panel discussion titled "What's at Stake in Paris?: Diplomacy and Policy at the Climate Change Talks," moderated by the Future of Diplomacy Project Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, and co-hosted with the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements on November 9. The speakers comprised of Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Daniel Schrag;former Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy, René Castro; former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and chief climate negotiator, Paula Dobriansky; and Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Robert Stavins. Together panellists weighed in on the upcoming UNFCCC talks to be held in Paris in December and the overarching policy issues at play.

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India's Chief Climate Negotiator, Minister Jairam Ramesh, Discusses Climate Change Negotiations

Oct. 04, 2014

India’s Chief Climate Negotiator and the 2014 fall Fisher Family Fellow, Minister Jairam Ramesh, delivered an address titled “Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015” and led a discussion with experts, students, fellows, and members of the public on international climate change diplomacy as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project. He examined key issues concerning climate change debates and discussed equitable measurements of climate change commitment targets in the lead-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

HUCE Director Daniel Schrag (left) listens as Jairam Ramesh speaks on international climate negotiations on October 1, 2014 at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Bryan Galcik Photo

Announcement - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center

Harvard Project Welcomes Visiting Scholar Jairam Ramesh

September 30, 2014

The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has appointed Jairam Ramesh as a fall 2014 Fisher Family Fellow. The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements is also supporting Mr. Ramesh as a Visiting Scholar. Mr. Ramesh is the former Minister of Environment and Forests for India—and India's Chief Climate Negotiator. A Member of the upper house of India's Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Ramesh was chief climate negotiator for India during the late 2000's. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years.

Leadership of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change prepare to announce the Cancun Agreements at the COP16 CMP6 Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico.

UN Climate Talks Photo

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

What Happened (and Why): An Assessment of the Cancun Agreements

| Dec. 13, 2010

The international climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, have concluded, and despite the gloom-and-doom predictions that dominated the weeks and months leading up to Cancun, the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must be judged a success.  It represents a set of modest steps forward.  Nothing more should be expected from this process.

Mar. 25, 2009: Sunset over vacation cottages in the Maldives, an archipelago state of nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean that would be severely affected by rising sea levels in the coming decades.

AP Photo

Press Release - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center

Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements Receives Additional Funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Expand Research in Key Areas

| July 21, 2009

As global negotiators prepare to discuss the next international climate agreement in Copenhagen and beyond, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Climate Change Initiative has awarded the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements $600,000 over one year to significantly expand its research and policy outreach.

An off-shore windmill park outside Copenhagen harbor, May 21 2009. Copenhagen will be the site of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP-15 in December 2009.

AP Photo

Announcement - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center

Bonn Climate Negotiations: From the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements

| June 4, 2009

The current negotiations in Bonn, Germany, mark a major step on the road to the next international climate agreement. With the negotiating text now being discussed, the Harvard Project has a wide array of research papers and policy ideas, each condensed into a two-page summary, which may be useful to those working on these issues. We have chosen to highlight some of those most relevant to the Bonn negotiating agenda.

Press Release

New Harvard Project Report Outlines Ideas for Successor to Kyoto Protocol

| Nov. 24, 2008

A new report from the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements outlines several promising ideas for successors to the Kyoto Protocol. The report also provides guidance on the most intractable challenges facing global climate negotiators, including participation by developing countries, how to reduce deforestation, and how to prevent a "collision" between climate policy and international trade law.