COP22: Technology and Finance Pathways for Implementing the Paris Agreement and Promoting a Green Economy

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM EST (UTC–05:00)
Private Event: Workshop

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

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Neil Craik is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law.