The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in partnership with Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, is pleased to host an official side event at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), taking place from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Achieving the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius and the Sustainable Development Goals requires mobilization of finance, technology, law and governance to grow a global green economy. This panel highlights opportunities and challenges, best practices and governance models to facilitate climate investment and support responsible technological innovation and diffusion at national, regional and international levels.

Strategic decisions about how to invest for maximum long term environmental, social and economic sustainability are critical and necessitate significant cross-sectorial collaboration for optimal policy coherence. Testing of experimental technologies needs governance rules to ensure consistency with principles embedded in the Paris Agreement and SDGs. The private sector has a major role to play in financing and promoting sustainable investments and green business opportunities. 

This multidisciplinary discussion will bring together policy leaders, innovators and stakeholders from business and civil society to clarify finance, law and governance approaches needed to encourage sustainable investment and responsible technology development to transition successfully to a global green economy.

Event Speakers

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

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Céline Bak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Céline Bak is a CIGI senior fellow with the Global Economy Program and she serves as the co-chair of the Think Tank 20 (T20) task force on climate policy and finance. This task force will feed into the G20 Secretariat under the German presidency on carbon pricing, sustainable infrastructure and sustainable finance.

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A. Neil Craik

CIGI Senior Fellow

Neil Craik is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective June 2015. He is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law.