detail - Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP)
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The Paris Climate Conference COP21 set a milestone in climate governance by encouraging higher ambitions in climate change mitigation and adaption, by better responding to scientific findings, and by catalyzing climate action beyond the traditional realm of international negotiation processes. COP21, however, will not be enough to stabilize the Earth’s climate system as current pledges by governments around the world still set us on course towards disastrous climate change.
The continued urgency of preventing climate change beyond 2 degrees prompts the question, how global climate governance can become more effective.
The conference will bring together leading climate researchers and experts from various disciplines and diverse perspectives on the future global climate governance to reflect the key post-Paris challenges. It will in particular discuss possible contributions and ideas for effective governance from two of the most influential players in global climate governance, the EU and China. In an effort to uncover new pathways for Sino-European scientific and political collaboration, both common and diverging perspectives need to be taken into account when striving for a success.
The conference will be structured around three propositions that help to define progressive links between global climate governance and policy-making on the national level after Paris.
Global climate governance after Paris should
- Engage transnational actors:
- Reconnect science and policy:
- Incentivize socio-technical innovations across (eco)systems:
The conference aims not only to deepen our understanding of these themes and their underlying dynamics. Its goal is to sketch out a common way forward, drafting a joint position paper that pinpoints new pathways for European-Chinese collaboration in global climate governance.