The Way Forward on Climate Action

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Westin Ottawa , 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
Public Event: Panel Discussion
Jan 11

2016 was in some respects a stellar year for global progress on climate change with the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement in November, ICAO’s commitment to take action to reduce emissions from civil aviation and international agreement being reached on the phase down of HFCs.

While progress was made, there were also setbacks. US election results put into question the commitment of the world’s second largest emitter. Many countries continue to invest in long term fossil fuel projects despite the Paris Agreement.

CIGI experts on global politics, global economy and international law will discuss how to advance global climate action in 2017 and beyond.

*This public event will be preceded by a private, half day roundtable with experts from governmental, academic, and private sectors.

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.

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. 

Markus Gehring is a CIGI senior fellow focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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.

Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently a professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo and a University of Waterloo Research Chair in Sustainable Finance.