Date From : Feb 22, 2016To : Nov 30, -0001

ON 12 December in Paris, 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached what is being described as a landmark agreement. The brave new agreement is built up by ‘self-defined’ national contributions of all parties.

The evolving climate regime – one that combines bottom-up national pledges for climate action with top-down rules for review, transparency and collective consideration of overall adequacy, represents a paradigm shift from the architecture of the Kyoto Protocol. Since its inception, adapting a top-down multilateral treaty model which will receive universal buy in to the challenge of climate change has been a Sisyphean task. In Paris, countries found ‘middle ground’, charting a new course in a two-decade old effort to respond to global climate change.

Will the new agreement precipitate effective and equitable action? The Paris Agreement in itself will not save the planet – a multilateral agreement could however facilitate action at multiple levels by sub-national and non-state actors. Climate resilient development, energy transitions and processes of technology innovation will all have to be re-examined in light of the newly evolving climate regime.

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has teamed up with the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford for this roundtable discussion on the post Paris climate architecture. The roundtable will seek to explore the spaces for cooperation under the Paris agreement and understand how the themes of adaptation and resilience; energy transitions and technology innovation and; the role of non-state actors in the evolving climate regime will develop under the new self – differentiated framework.

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Venue Address

Villa Medici, Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi