SCELG Seminar Series: UNFCCC negotiations and the road to Paris (Professor Kati Kulovesi)
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 from 13:00 to 15:00 (BST)
Strathclyde Centre for Enviornmental Law and Governance
and Centre for Energy Policy
Strathclyde Earth Day Special Seminar
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
UNFCCC negotiations and the road to Paris
Professor of International Law
University of Eastern Finland Law School
The key objective of current negotiations under the UNFCCC is to conclude a new climate agreement, applicable to all parties from 2020 onwards, at the Paris Climate Change Conference, to be held in December 2015. The most recent round of preparatory negotiations in Geneva in February took place in good atmosphere with parties reaching agreement on a negotiating text expected to form the basis of the Paris agreement. The text has been circulated to all parties in accordance with legal requirements concerning the adoption of new protocols to the UNFCCC. While negotiators have managed to clear successfully some of the main procedural hurdles ahead of Paris, the negotiating text reveals that many difficult issues and long-standing divides on substantive issues remain wide open. Some of the key ones include the legal form of the Paris outcome, sources of climate finance, mitigation ambition and differentiation between developed and developing countries. This seminar will provide overview of progress made at the most recent negotiating session in Geneva and discuss main outstanding issues ahead of Paris, including prospects for a successful outcome.
Kati Kulovesi is Professor of International Law, in particular International Environmental Law at the Law School, University of Eastern Finland. She is also Co-Director of the UEF Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law and Academic Director of the Master's Programme in Environmental Policy and Law. Her research interests include international and European climate change law, as well as international economic, environmental and renewable energy law. Kati has previously taught international and European environmental law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and worked at at the University of Helsinki, at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and at the Institute for International Economic Law. She has also been a Visiting Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. She has been invited to lecture on climate law at several universities, including the University of Helsinki, University of Amsterdam, University of Edinburgh and University of Fudan. Kati has followed international climate policy and UN climate negotiations since 2001 and worked as consultant and legal adviser, inter alia, for the Finnish Government, World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, European Commission, Nordic Council of Ministers, IUCN, International Institute for Sustainable Development, International Trade Centre and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation. She regularly reports from the UN climate change negotiations and other international environmental negotiations in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and is a member of Finland's statutory Climate Change Panel.
Strathclyde Earth Day Special Seminar hosted by:
Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) at the University of Strathclyde Law School
Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) at the University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute.