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Future of the Paris climate agreement

Time (GMT +01) 14:00 15:30
Hero image description: Over 30,000 people rallied and marched in Melbourne on Sunday 21 September 2014 as part of the global Peoplesclimate protest for action on climate change. It was one of over 2500 protests in 150 countries around the world. Image credit:Takver Image license:Creative Commons

Welcoming remarks by Alex Thier, Executive Director, ODI


Contributing chair

Isabel Hilton OBE @isabelhilton - CEO, China Dialogue Trust


Kumi Naidoo @kuminaidoo - Launch Director, Africans Rising and former International Executive Director, Greenpeace

Stewart James @HSBC_UK - Managing Director, Deputy Head of Group, Government Affairs, HSBC

Shelagh Whitley @shelaghwhitley - Head of Programme, Climate & Energy, ODI


The historic Paris Agreement has now entered into force. For the first time, countries around the world have committed to tackle climate change together. A route map on climate finance has been agreed to provide support, particularly to those countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Crucially, governments have pledged to keep the global average temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, significantly reducing the risk and impacts of climate change. If successful, the Paris Agreement has the potential to make real progress towards tackling climate change and its effects. But to meet these ambitious goals that progress needs to start now.

In the aftermath of the G7 Summit in Italy, and the US decision to withdraw from the accord, ODI convenes a global panel of experts to assess the future of the Paris climate agreement. What impact could President Trump's decision have, and how far could it reverse progress towards tackling climate change globally?  What progress is already being made to fulfil the agreement, and how can we ensure that it is a success? 

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