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News Analysis: First ministers' climate deal is easy to mock but harder to dismiss

Friday, 4 March 2016
article
Bruce Cheadle
If 80 per cent of life is just showing up, in politics the total is probably closer to 90. Canada's first ministers emerged from two days of talks this week with an agreement on a plan to develop a framework for climate policy action. It would be easy to mock. But serious observers who study the difficult politics and policy of climate change believe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the provincial and territorial leaders did more than just show up at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

How a national carbon policy would benefit Canadians and send the world a message

Wednesday, 2 March 2016
article
This week’s premiers meeting must include carbon pricing — a trade-savvy approach that shows global leadership in tackling emissions while advancing Canada's green economy.

Growth, Innovation and COP 21: The Case for New Investment In Innovation Infrastructure

Wednesday, 2 March 2016
publication
Forged by private and public sector cooperation, Mission Innovation was announced at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a commitment to doubling, by 2020, the investment in energy innovation by participating countries. Mission Innovation heralds a new period of active private-public sector engagement on energy, climate and innovation policy.

Worrisome gaps in the Paris agreement

Saturday, 13 February 2016
article
CIGI Senior Fellow David Estrin's commentary on the Paris Agreement was published today in the Dhaka Tribune.

Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Ottawa marks renewed ties with UN

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
article
Michelle Zilio
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for more details about a multibillion-dollar Canadian pledge to help developing countries fight climate change when they meet in Ottawa on Thursday as part of an effort to forge a new relationship after years of Conservative government neglect.

Lessons from International Litigation: Moving from Climate Loss and Damage to Climate Justice

Monday, 8 February 2016
article
CIGI Senior Fellow David Estrin delivers a lecture from Dhaka, Bangladesh on moving from climate change loss to climate justice.

Sustainability Reporting | Inside the Issues 6.3

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
video
In episode three of season six, CIGI Fellow Jason Thistlethwaite joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on the governance of sustainability reporting.

Mexico a priority for Canada, think tank says

Thursday, 28 January 2016
article
Clark Campbell
The new Liberal government’s desire to reset North American relations will be on view when foreign ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet in Quebec City this Friday. But a major Canadian think tank has some unconventional advice for Ottawa: Put Mexico first.

Uncovering the Implications of the Paris Agreement: Climate Change as a Catalyst for Transformative Sustainability in Cities

Friday, 15 January 2016
publication
This policy brief examines the power of exploring synergies between responding to climate change and other development priorities in cities: in other words, can decision makers devise response strategies that are both adaptive and mitigative, while simultaneously creating healthy, vibrant, innovative communities? Using examples from communities around the world that take a holistic approach to sustainability rather than addressing climate change in isolation, this brief uncovers the roots of climate change co-benefits, and possible governance strategies for achieving them.

Assessing the Governance Practices of Sustainability Reporting

Friday, 8 January 2016
publication
Jason Thistlethwaite, Melissa Menzies
To promote climate change risk mitigation in financial markets, the Financial Stability Board recently proposed the creation of a Climate Disclosure Task Force, coordinated through the G20, to develop standards for companies to disclose their exposure to climate change risks. With more than 400 existing disclosure schemes, this task will be challenging. This brief identifies the key categories of governance practices that must be addressed, how these divergent practices challenge end-users, and how the establishment of criteria that define effective and efficient reporting is a critical first step for the Climate Disclosure Task Force.
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