On 28 February 2019, UNU will host “From Recognition to Action: Implementing Climate Change Commitments”, a conversation with Mr Michael Martin, former Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, and Prof. Kazu Takemoto, Director of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and former Vice-Minister for Global Environment Affairs of Japan. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 28 February 2019 in the 1F Annex Space at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The Paris Agreement concluded at COP21 in 2015 promised to be a turning point for climate change advocates: the Agreement called for a global response to climate change and set a course towards a sustainable future. When world leaders gathered in Poland several years later for COP24, they built on the momentum from Paris and agreed on implementation guidelines to operationalise the Paris Agreement. While the world continues to witness the negative effects of climate change, for example by experiencing extreme weather conditions, many are left wondering whether sufficient action is being, or will be, taken to reverse its effects. What steps has the international community taken since COP21 to fulfil the aims of the Paris Agreement? How big an obstacle is the principle of climate financing to implementing the Agreement? And how are efforts towards climate change adaptation progressing, particularly for small island states?
Mr Martin and Prof. Takemoto will join Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry, UNU Chief of Staff, for a conversation on the complexities of implementing the outcomes of international climate change negotiations, and to share insights from their experience as former negotiators for climate change.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 27 February) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Mr Michael Martin was Canada’s Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change from 2014 until 2017. He previously served as Deputy Secretary to Canada’s Cabinet and as Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for Climate Change. In his earlier foreign service career, he was posted to Islamabad, Tokyo and Beijing. He graduated from the University of Victoria and was a Graduate Fellow at Yale University.
Prof. Kazu Takemoto is the Director of UNU-IAS and affiliated with the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining UNU in 2014, he was Vice-Minister for Global Environment Affairs and Director-General of Environmental Management Bureau of Ministry of the Environment, Japan. Previously, he served for UNFCCC/COP3 as Special Assistant to the President. He holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
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