Climate change poses tremendous risks for growth and development and therefore requires ambitious and immediate action.

The Paris Agreement, with its universal character, represents an unprecedented commitment to tackle the climate challenge: its signatories aim to peak emissions as soon as possible and to decarbonise the global economy in the second half of the century.

The success of the Paris Agreement will require supportive policies across many areas, including with regard to trade. Policies to achieve the goal of a low-carbon economy range from trade liberalisation for climate-friendly goods and services to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies or providing space for climate-friendly subsidies. At the same time, the decentralised nature of the new climate agreement built on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) will likely generate increasing spillover effects on trade, testing the limits of trade rules and possibly undermining climate goals. Recent political developments add uncertainty about the levels of mitigation action that can be expected.

Developing countries, who are are the most exposed to the effects of climate change, will need to accelerate their adaptation measures, while also being expected to take an active part in climate mitigation for the first time. While the challenges are considerable, climate action supported by trade may also offer co-benefits in terms of economic development.

This dialogue will explore key interactions between trade, development and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The objective is to create an informed, open and constructive exchange to drive more coherent policy-making and development cooperation where the potential for trade to positively contribute to the climate action effort is realised, while ensuring that climate measures do not unnecessarily distort trade but rather promote an open economic system that contributes to sustainable, equitable and inclusive development.

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 3:16pm

The Paris Climate Agreement adopted in December 2015 recognises cooperative approaches as an important element in the climate change mitigation effort. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement includes several provisions to this end.

However, before the agreement enters into force, a substantial amount of work needs to be done at the political and technical level in order to operationalise this article.

This meeting will be the fourth meeting of the project “Implementation of markets and non-market provisions in the Paris Agreement”. It will bring together carbon market negotiators in an informal setting with the objective to explore, discover, explain and understand different points of view related to the issues in Article 6. That purpose is to understand the options available to define rules, modalities and procedures on Article 6, as well as the consequences of adopting each option. It will also seek to understand why the different views are held. 

The discussions are free and informal, and will be held under Chatham House rule. This process is totally separate from the UNFCCC negotiating process. There is no intention or mandate to produce any text or negotiate an outcome.

Participation is by invitation only.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 5:24pm to Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 5:24pm

In the run-up to the Paris climate conference, the EU tabled an emissions reduction target on behalf of all 28 EU member states, committing to a 40 percent emissions cut by 2030 relative to 1990 levels.

In July 2016, the European Commission made a proposal for translating the overall emissions target into country-specific targets. Known as the Effort Sharing Regulation, it is meant to help clarify the roles of individual EU members in helping to reach the bloc’s target in the sectors not included in the EU ETS, namely transport, buildings, agriculture, and waste. These sectors are responsible for about 55 percent of the EU’s emissions.

This meeting will host a discussion between stakeholders on the issues that are currently critical in the debate on the Effort Sharing Regulation. The meeting will take place at the European Parliament with the participation of Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (MEP - ALDE), ENVI rapporteur on the Effort Sharing Regulation.

Please note that there is a very limited number of spaces available for this meeting.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 2:52pm

This meeting is a briefing for the Brussels policy stakeholder community on developments on carbon markets in the UNFCCC negotiations.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement addresses the issue of “cooperative approaches” under the new climate regime. A significant part of it creates the framework to ensure that international markets can be a tool to meet Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

After COP 21 in Paris, negotiators have a mandate to create a rulebook to ensure that this, and other parts of the climate agreement, become operational. With the agreement entering into force sooner than many had anticipated, negotiators are aiming for completing this task in 2018 at COP 23, which will take place in Poland.

This meeting is an opportunity for stakeholders to be briefed by some of the most knowledge participants in these negotiations to understand the state of play, the main issues, and implications for the market and EU climate change policy. There will be a number of presentations, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion.

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Monday, 6 March 2017 - 2:01pm

 

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The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) is a student-organized competition designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures. ELSA is especially dedicated to enhance capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.

 

ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) 

The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit organization run by and for students and young lawyers since 1981. The EMC2 is one of the flagship activities of ELSA since 2002.

The main aim of the Competition is to assist countries in developing their technical legal capacity by preparing the next generation of trade lawyers and negotiators. With technical support from the WTO, the Competition has grown to become the only global moot court competition on WTO Law.

Participants from around the world send in written submissions, for the complainant and respondent, in a fictitious case. After sending their submissions, all the teams are given the opportunity to present oral arguments in front of panels which consist of WTO and trade law experts. Winning teams from five Regional Rounds (two European Rounds; an Asia-Pacific Round; an All-American Round; and for the last three years, an African Round) compete against each other in the Final Oral Round held in Geneva, Switzerland at the WTO headquarters.

 

The African Regional Round of EMC2

The African Regional Round was held for the first time in 2013, and has since grown in terms of participation and support of universities in the region. The organizers welcome donations and other forms of support in order to encourage and sustain the active participation of universities in the region.

 

Who has participated?

In the first ever Africa Regional Round held in 2013, 7 teams from 6 different countries participated. In 2015, 8 teams from 5 countries participated: Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Two of these teams also included nationals from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016, 10 teams competed from various African countries, including: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa.

How to get involved?

Your valued contribution will help ELSA International in supporting the participation of students in the region at the African Regional Round and the final Oral Round in Geneva in June. Donation instructions can be found at > emc2.elsa.org/partners/ (Please indicate African Round as donation purpose)

 

ICTSD as a sponsor

The goal of ICTSD is to advance sustainable development through trade-related policy making. ICTSD strives to ultimately strengthen developing countries’ legal capacity.

Since 2014, ICTSD has been providing institutional support to the African Round of EMC2 as a sponsor. ICTSD considers the Competition as one of the keys to having a pool of young talents in the field and in turn further the legal capacity in the region. 

 

 

Taking part in this competition opened my eyes to a whole new world with possibilities I had never even contemplated. The moot gave me insight into the world of WTO dispute resolution and actually got me interested in pursuing this as a career option. The moot fueled my desire to one day be among the few international trade law specialist lawyers in Africa.” 

Diana Rufaro Machingaidze, participant 2014/2015

 

The 2016-2017 Round

9 April – 13 April, 2017

Rhodes University, Grahamstown

EMC2, African Round > emc2.elsa.org 

 

The Hosting University

Rhodes University participated in the inaugural and second African Regional Rounds of the EMC2 with success. This participation has resulted in increased academia interest among students at the university, and incentivized students to enhance their capacities in this field through further study or relevant career path.  The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has decided to host the African Regional Round in 2017, having hosted the African Regional Round for the first time in 2016, in order to make its contribution toward this important capacity building initiative, which has already created enormous opportunities for learning and personal growth among our students.

 

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Sunday, 9 April 2017 - 12:00am to Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 12:00am

The world has come together in an unprecedented effort to tackle global warming.

Following the historic adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015, governments embarked on a ratification race which lead to the deal’s entry into force in November 2016. The speed of this process shows the world’s commitment to tackle the tremendous environmental, economic and social risks climate change poses, including for sustainable growth and development.

Countries must now put their words into action by following up with ambitious climate measures and they must do so immediately. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the window of opportunity to act is shrinking, with global emissions having to drop by 40 to 70 percent between 2010 and 2050 and falling to zero or below by 2100 to have a good chance of staying below 2°C.

Successfully responding to this challenge will require supportive policies across many areas. Trade frameworks and policies that help drive the transition to a low-carbon economy will be crucial in this regard. Measures to achieve this range from trade liberalisation for climate-friendly goods and services to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies or providing space for climate-friendly subsidies.

At the same time, it is important to address countries’ concerns about how climate measures, including those implemented by others, may impact their economies and the competitiveness of their industry. Such considerations are likely to intensify under the decentralised nature of the new climate regime where each country determines its own level and type of climate contributions, expressed through nationally determined contributions (NDCs). In this context, climate measures are also expected to increasingly probe the limits of trade rules. If such concerns are not adequately dealt with, they risk undermining climate goals.

In light of the new climate architecture and the need to significantly scale up action, it is important to take a fresh look at the climate-trade interface. The dialogue will therefore explore key interactions between trade and the implementation of the Paris Agreement to inform more coherent policy-making where the potential for trade to positively contribute to the climate action effort is realised, while ensuring that climate measures do not unnecessarily distort trade but rather promote an open economic system that contributes to sustainable, equitable and inclusive development.

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Friday, 27 January 2017 - 4:20pm

The Paris Agreement officially entered into force on 4 November  2016 and aims to pursue "efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels."

The IPCC is responding to this temperature goal by starting work on a Special report on "Global warming of 1.5°C", to be finished by 2018.

But what policy implications does the 1.5°C target have globally and for the EU’s roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy in 2050? This roundtable will focus on two aspects of the IPCC Special report: mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C and the strengthening and implementation of the global response to climate change.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 - 2:55pm

The EU’s winter package contains a Commission proposal on governance of the Energy Union for the 2020-2030 period and beyond.

Governance of the Energy Union is a critical aspect of the future outlook on how environmental sustainability can be reached without losing track of social and economic sustainability. Therefore, the winter package is crucial to ensure a coherent and comprehensive approach towards the EU’s longer-term climate and energy targets.

During this meeting, participants will discuss this proposal and wider governance issues in this field within the EU. We will also discuss the findings of a new CERRE (Centre on Regulation in Europe) report on the governance of climate change.

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Date: 7 December 2016

Time: 09:30-13:00

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 10:15am
5 December 2016