Experts discuss global efforts to mitigate climate change.
Experts discuss global efforts to mitigate climate change.
Experts discuss global climate diplomacy ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11) in Paris.
Lawson W. Brigham discusses the future of the Arctic region.
Experts discuss international efforts to combat climate change.
Experts discuss the moral and political dimensions of international climate negotiations.
Michael A. Levi, CFR’s David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment, and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for geoeconomic studies, discusses climate change and the evolving global response.
Michael A. Levi, CFR's David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment, and director of the program on energy security and climate change, leads a conversation on President Obama's climate change policies.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, joins Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer at the Nature Conservancy, to discuss the World Bank Group’s efforts vis-à-vis climate change and a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015.
Session One: Chinese Energy and Climate Strategy
Zhou Dadi, Professor, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China
Trevor Houser, Director, Energy & Climate Practice, Rhodium Group (RHG); Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Taiya Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy, C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Meeting
Session Two: Energy Technology in China
Wu Zongxin, Director of Academic Committee, Institute of Nuclear Energy Technology, and Director, Energy Environment and Economy Institute, Tsinghua University
Edward S. Steinfeld, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director, MIT-China Program, and Co-Director, China Energy Group, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Presider: Andrew Revkin, Science Reporter, New York Times
10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Meeting
Session Three: Policy Options for the United States
This session will focus on the findings and recommendations of the CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force begins by arguing that the United States must lead with domestic action. It then turns its attention to the major emerging economies, including China, proposing a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement that includes commitments from all major economies, while also promoting a less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world's largest emitters on implementing emissions reductions.
George E. Pataki, Counsel, Chadbourne and Parke LLP; former Governor of New York; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Thomas J. Vilsack, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; former Governor of Iowa; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Presider: Robert Bazell, Chief Health & Science Correspondent, NBC News/MSNBC
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Meeting
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
With increasing attention to climate change in the presidential campaigns, as Congress tackles the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security bill, and as the world’s largest economies prepare to meet this summer to address global warming, a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force explains what the United States must do to confront the challenge. The report, Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Foreign Policy, argues that the United States must creatively leverage ambitious action at home to advance an effective foreign policy. It proposes a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement, while also promoting a new and less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world’s largest emitters on implementing aggressive emissions reductions. The report also provides recommendations on a host of controversial issues, including cap-and-trade legislation, international offsets, trade sanctions, biofuels, nuclear power, and assistance with adapting to climate change.
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Reception
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Meeting
*Please note special time.*
As Arctic sea ice continues to melt, this November marked the close of the longest Arctic sailing and shipping season ever recorded. Please join Scott Borgerson and Paula Dobriansky to discuss the economic, environmental, and security implications of a changing Arctic region and its significance for the United States.
The McKinsey Executive Roundtable Series in International Economics is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Corporate Program.
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