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Galvanizing the Post-2015 Groundswell of Climate Actions Workshop

Paris, France | 12:30 - 5:30 PM, December 7, 2015


From the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to COP20 in Lima and now Paris — a groundswell of cities, regions, companies, civil society groups, and many others have stepped up to act on climate change. President Humala of Peru has called this“the greatest alliance the world has ever seen” to combat climate change and in acknoledgement of the extraordinary mobilization of climate action at all levels of society

If COP21 is to be a decisive step toward a low-carbon and climate resilient future, the groundswell of climate actions will have to continue to grow in the pre–2020 period. This workshop will discuss the past, present, and future of the groundswell of climate actions: what has happened on the road to Paris; what do we know about the current groundswell; and what is the future of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda? How do the groundswell and national climate policies (in particular the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions [INDCs]) reinforce each other? And how can climate actions deliver on sustainable development, particularly in developing countries? The workshop will convene a wide range of stakeholders representing cities, corporations, regions, and other sub– and non–state actors, to discuss these questions, and to take the groundswell of climate actions forward to 2020 and beyond.



12:30–1:15 p.m.    

Lunch    Welcome buffet lunch

1:15–2:15 p.m.

Getting to the Paris Groundswell

Discussion led by Rei Tang, The Stanley Foundation


Keith Porter, The Stanley Foundation
Dr. Steffen Bauer, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

What we know about the groundswell of climate actions

Dr. Sander Chan, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Ann Gardiner, Ecofys
Dr. Thomas Hale, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr. Angel Hsu, Yale University

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda: What has been achieved? What next?    

     Speakers TBD

2:15–3:15 p.m.

The Groundswell and Sustainable Development

Presentation by Dr. Thomas Hale (Oxford)

Discussion led by Sander Chan (DIE)

The Groundswell and INDCs

Presentation by Nicolette Bartlett (Cambridge)

Discussion led by Dr. Manish Shrivastava (TERI)

3:15–3:30 p.m.


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Report and Discussion from Breakout Groups / The Groundswell Delivering on INDCs and SDGs

Discussion led by Ann Gardiner (Ecofys)

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Galvanizing the Pre-2020 Groundswell / Next Steps and Actions

Discussion led by Brendan Guy, Natural Resources Defense Council and Dr. Angel Hsu, Yale University

Wrap-up led by Dr. Todd Edwards/Dr. Thomas Hale


For more information, please see the Event Summary.