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

Monday, 8 February 2016
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
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
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
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
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.

We must ‘Reply All’ to the Collective Action in Paris

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The climate accord just concluded in Paris is a victory for diplomacy. After so many failed attempts, the 196-country agreement has been rightly lauded in media and capitals around the globe. Furthermore, and hopefully in the knick of time, government leaders have acknowledged that humankind is the cause of global warming: a victory for science and the beginning of the end for our dependency on fossil fuels. But does this mean we’ve been saved? Not by a long shot.

Worrisome Gaps in the Paris Agreement

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The world’s nations recognize in the preamble to the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement “that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet” and “that deep reductions in global emissions will be required…” Yet in the main provisions of the agreement, the parties failed to commit to actions necessary to save the planet and protect the human rights of those most vulnerable to climate change.

Institutions for Climate Change

Friday, 18 December 2015
The deal is done. Contrary to the expectations of the skeptics, negotiators in Paris agreed on a final text to climate change accord. It is, I think, an historic agreement if for no other reason that it brings all members of the international community into the climate change tent. Lest we become inebriated by the euphoria of the moment (and the celebratory champagne), however, we need to cast a sober eye to the challenges ahead.

Onward from Paris to Nairobi

Thursday, 17 December 2015
In Paris, 196 countries negotiated tirelessly for two weeks and the result was an unprecedented global environmental agreement setting the target for future global temperatures to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” The momentum coming out of such an agreement should now be picked up by other multilateral mechanisms, capable of adopting and implementing rules that will help achieve this ambitious temperature goal. In particular, the WTO member states, whose ministers will gather in Nairobi this week (December 15-18) can do a lot to ensure the 1.5°C can be reached.

Paris Agreement: What Was Once Unthinkable is Now Unstoppable

Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Christopher Campbell-Duruflé
There was electricity in the air when the COP21 President took everyone by surprise and declared the adoption of the Paris Agreement late on Saturday night in Le Bourget. All who were present rose up as one and screamed their joy, hope and relief. A full plenary with over 100 interventions, with each country requesting addition or suppression of language in different articles, would have been more transparent, inclusive, and democratic — attributes for which French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had ironically been praised throughout the two preceding weeks.
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