IES Researchers at Paris Climate Conference 2015 #COP21

IES Senior Researcher Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür and doctoral researcher Lisanne Groen are participating in the UN Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21). Lisanne attends the COP21 as a member of the Belgian delegation, following the item 'gender and climate change'.

 As a member of the delegation Lisanne is allowed to attend all official negotiation meetings, which is very useful for her PhD research. At the conference she will collect data for the final case study chapter of her PhD. In that chapter she will assess the performance of the European Union in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation process from December 2011 (COP 17, Durban) until COP21 in Paris in December 2015. 

This negotiation process is supposed to result in "a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties”. Likely, there will be a Paris agreement at the end of the two weeks of negotiations at COP21, on Friday 11, Sat 12 or Sun 13 December. Yesterday (1 December 2015) heads of state and government were present to give a political impetus to the process, delivering speeches, and to engage in bilateral talks to make high-level compromises. Technical negotiators are, already from Sunday, working on finding compromises to further advance the negotiation text that should become the Paris agreement (a new global agreement to tackle climate change that should enter into force in 2020). In the second week, environment ministers will join to help with the decision-making. 

IES is also taking part in the VUB "We are Paris" initiative launched at the academic opening this year. IES is in charge of one area of the project (trade and services), focusing on ‘divestment’.

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