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Central Banks Can and Should Do Their Part in Funding Sustainability

Wednesday, 10 June 2015
publication
Andrew Sheng
Central banks, when purchasing financial assets, should consider selecting assets that will promote sustainability, including climate change mitigation and adaptation. Central banks not yet ready to factor social objectives into their decisions should at least incentivize bankers and asset managers to invest in climate mitigation activities and low-emission growth, as well as support a financial transaction tax to fund a new or established global fund for climate mitigation.

The Challenges of Counting Climate Change Risks in Financial Markets

Tuesday, 9 June 2015
publication
Climate change has been identified in recent years as an investment risk, yet existing financial reporting standards do not adequately measure and communicate these risks to investors. A climate change risk disclosure regime has emerged in response, defined by a range of voluntary, regulatory and accounting governance initiatives. In spite of its promise, this nascent regime is highly fragmented and lacks coordination and enforcement. This policy brief describes the background for the climate change risk disclosure regime and the challenges that limit its effectiveness, and presents several policy recommendations to improve its capacity to measure and communicate climate change risks.

The Environmental Goods Agreement: A Piece of the Puzzle

Monday, 8 June 2015
publication
Can a trade agreement help achieve environmental goals? The answer to this question has traditionally been mixed, even skeptical. The Environmental Goods Agreement has the potential to produce a more positive outcome.

Experts Available for Comment on United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn

Monday, 1 June 2015
article
Waterloo, Canada – June 1, 2015 – As the global climate change community gathers in Bonn, Germany for the latest talks on one of the world’s most pressing issues, experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will be available for comment and analysis on climate changes issues and the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held from June 1-11, 2015.

Conducting Global Climate Change Negotiations

Thursday, 14 May 2015
publication
Kai Monheim
Process itself--over and above the issues at stake--is a key determinant of negotiation success across all levels of climate change negotiation groups in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The author offers six axioms for chairs of negotiation groups that may lead to finding common ground and avoiding deadlocks.

T20 Conference: International Monetary and Financial Cooperation for a More Resilient and Inclusive World

Friday, 8 May 2015
blog
“Now and over the years to come, the issues the G20 will have to confront will be as varied as there are pebbles on the beach.” This was the key message delivered by Paul Martin during the opening of the T20 conference in Ottawa from May 3rd to 5th.

What Level of Governance Should Address Climate Change? All of Them

Friday, 8 May 2015
blog
There is a need to address climate change policy, or lack thereof, but what level of governance is best able to handle this colossal task? Based on the recent events hosted by CIGI’s Global Economy program, I would argue all levels of governance have a role to play in addressing climate change and the financing of sustainable policies.

Advancing the climate debate in Canada

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
blog
We can have our cake and eat it too, said Chris Ragan, Canadian economist and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Speaking at CIGI as part of the Signature Lecture Series, Ragan discussed a radically practical approach to advancing the climate debate in Canada, which included exploring the Ecofiscal Commission’s mandate and its most recent report, The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Breaking Climate Inertia: A "Radically" Practical Approach

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
video
In this lecture, Chris Ragan discusses a new middle-ground approach that addresses two critical questions: What is the most cost-effective way to achieve greenhouse gas reductions that aligns with our economic prosperity? And, what is the most pragmatic way to achieve those reductions in the context of our highly diverse Canadian federation?

Big World, Small Planet | Inside the Issues 5.21

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
video
In this episode, sustainability expert Johan Rockström visits the podcast studio to discuss his latest book Big World, Small Planet: Abundance Within Planetary Boundaries. In addition to discussing the planetary shift into the Anthropocene epoch, the conversation considers resilience theory, tipping points, and the need to create a new global paradigm that works within planetary boundaries.
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