The Paris Agreement defines the role of internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs) in Article 6 to achieve nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
Ongoing negotiations are dealing with how to ensure environmental integrity, transparency and development, guiding this process towards robust accountability efforts. Collaboration and integrity by signatories of the Paris Agreement is essential to accomplish the objectives set out in the accord.
This side event, co-hosted with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), aims to discuss possible options for decisions at COP24 with negotiators on Article 6 from selected countries along with experts on carbon markets contributing their expertise to the discussion. Please note that to access the venue for this event UNFCC accreditation is necessary.
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.
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.
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.
This event covered the recent WTO Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute (DS475).
The trade row was triggered by Russia’s rejection of certain pig and pork imports from the European Union (EU) following the detection of African swine fever (ASF) in four of its member States – Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland. ASF is a highly contagious, lethal haemorrhagic disease affecting pigs.
The Appellate Body found that Russia had indeed imposed an EU bloc-wide ban on live pigs, pork, and other pig products. The Appellate Body also clarified the “regionalization” obligations of an importing Member and that of an exporting Member under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement). The Appellate Body found that Russia failed to adapt its measures to regional conditions as required by the SPS Agreement. The Appellate Body’s findings uphold the bulk of an earlier panel’s conclusions circulated last August.
Following a presentation on the key findings of the Appellate Body, the experts engaged in an exchange of views on the legal and policy implications of the findings, covering international trade relations and regulatory cooperation perspectives.
Agenda (Geneva Time)
12:15 Lunch Reception
12:45 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Robert MCDOUGALL, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Presentation of the Appellate Body’s findings in Russia – Pigs (EU):
Maria ALCOVER, Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL)
Anait SMBATYAN, WTO Expertise Center (Moscow) Craig VANGRASSTEK, Harvard University Lorenza JACHIA, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
13:45 Open Discussion
Venue:Room S3, World Trade Organization (WTO),Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Geneva.
Video recording:The video recording is available on this event page.
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[The views and opinions expressed in the event are those of the experts and do not necessarily reflect those of ICTSD and WTIA.]