Fossil Fuels subsidies take away from progress toward a low-carbon economy.

Outside of just the regressive nature of fossil fuel subsidies, fossil fuels more generally hurt both the health and wealth of nations, which extend past borders.

There are many types of fossil fuel subsidies with a wide range of implications on international trade. Fossil fuels can distort international trade flows, preventing meaningful steps towards cleaner sources of energy.

Due to the varied nature of fossil fuel subsidies, an examination of them must take into account multilateral, plurilateral, and regional agreements.  International trade regimes are particularly posed to take action on fossil fuel subsidies.

Climate Strategies, SEI, and IISD has organised this workshop with panellists coming from IISD, OECD, SEI, SWP, and ICTSD. Christophe Bellman will be representing ICTSD at this event as a panellist.

 

Panellists:

- Christophe Bellman, ICTSD

- Ivetta Gerasimchuk, IISD

- Mark Halle IISD

- Ron Steenblik, OECD

- Harro van Asselt, SEI, University of Eastern Finland

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Monday, 22 May 2017 - 10:25am

Major overhaul to current patterns of production and consumption are necessary to address the threat of climate change.

This type of change requires certainty from the international governace community. The binding 2015 Paris agreement created the framework to start working toward these climatic goals. Despite this, 2016 has been marked by limited political will for this type of cooperative, cross-border work.  In order for climate action to work uncertainty must be minimized. Industry shifts toward low-emissions trajectory need to be fostered in a stable and predictable environment for long-term investment to take hold.

Major global emitters comprise the G20, together accounting for 74 per cent of global carbon emissions. Therefore, action by individual member countries has the potential of significantly impacting climate change with joint efforts proving to be even more powerful.  How can the G20 address issues in the interface between climate action and global economic issues?

The discussion of these pressing issues will take place over a dinner roundtable accompanied by a thought-provoking presentation based on current research by David Victor, Professor of International Relations with the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego California. ICTSD senior fellow Andrei Marcu will weigh in on how the UNFCC deals with key economic measures. 

ICTSD would like to thank the KR-Foundation for their generous support. Participation for this event is invitation only.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 1:09pm

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 privisons 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 fifth 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. The 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 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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Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 1:00pm

Global leaders have been increasingly turning inward, supporting more isolationist political powers.

Climate change is becoming a pressing issue that transverses state boundaries.  International trade and multilateral efforts are imperative to mitigating, managing, and preventing some of the impacts from this global problem.  With the passing of the binding Paris Agreement at COP21, collaborative action is more important than ever.

This meeting is an opportunity for participants to discuss the role the G20 can play in addressing the issues at the intersection of climate action and global economic issues.  There will be a lunch roundtable immediately following on the event "G20 and the Evolution of the Global Trade and Investment Regime: From Crisis Management to Vision and Leadership?"

ICTSD would like to thank the KR foundation for their generous support. Participation in this event is invite only.

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Friday, 28 April 2017 - 1:00pm