Although the Paris Agreement on climate change was signed in 2015 and came into force in 2017, it was only a shell of an agreement. Many details and rules remain to be worked out to ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is realized. The United States was a significant force in the adoption of the Paris Agreement under the Obama Administration, but now the Trump Administration has signaled its intent to withdraw. What does this mean for the full development of the Agreement? Will new international players step into the void potentially left by the US? Will we be able to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement without the US?
This panel discussion will involve: Susan Biniaz, former lead legal advisor for climate change; Nathaniel Keohane, vice-president of Environmental Defense Fund; Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University; Ambassador Janine Felson, Permanent Mission of Belize to the UN (tbc); and Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, Permanent Mission of Seychelles to the UN (tbc)