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2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21): What to Expect and What Should Follow?

  • MAISON FRANÇAISE EAST GALLERY, BUELL HALL Columbia University New York, NY 10027 United States (map)

"Part of a series in anticipation of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. 

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, will take place in Paris, France in December 2015.  Laurence Tubiana and Scott Barrett discuss the expectations, hopes, and likely outcomes of the upcoming climate negotiations and consider what the next steps should be to maintain any chance of mitigating the disastrous global climate changes experts are expecting in the coming decades.

Laurence Tubiana is founder and director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) at Sciences Po in Paris and Professor of International Affairs at SIPA.  Laurence Tubiana was appointed Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. Scott Barrett is the Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics and vice dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. Scott Barrett is the Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics.  Professor Barrett is one of the world's leading researchers on international cooperation, including the dynamics of climate diplomacyHe has advised a number of international organizations on climate change, and was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."