16
Nov
2016

Public lecture | Climate leadership before and after the Paris Agreement

Date:
16 November, 2016 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker:
Professor Robyn Eckersley
Venue:
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4JF

London School of Economics – University of Melbourne 2016 public lecture, hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and chaired by Dr. Robert Falkner

Most parties and observers acknowledge that the rapid ratcheting up of mitigation action and climate finance provision by developed countries is the key to unlocking enhanced mitigation in developing countries, and that both developments are essential if the Paris Agreement is to meet its long term goals and targets. Yet the responses by developed countries to the international expectation that their differentiated responsibilities require them to lead in mitigation (whether by moving early and/or doing more) shows considerable variation, ranging from cautious acceptance to cavalier denial.  This lecture reviews the troubled history of the international norm of developed country leadership and the findings of comparative climate politics that explain this variation. It also offers some proposals on how the processes of reviewing NDCs might be strengthened to minimise the risk of self-differentiation degenerating into a self-serving apology for the protection of national interests.

Professor Robyn Eckersley

Robyn Eckersley is a Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.  She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, democratic theory and international relations, with a special focus on the politics and governance of climate change.  Her books include Environmentalism and Political Theory (1992); Markets, the State and the Environment (Macmillan, 1995, editor); The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (MIT Press, 2004); Political Theory and the Ecological Challenge (CUP, 2006, co-editor); The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (MIT Press, 2005, co-editor); Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power (2012, co-author); Why Human Security Matters (2012, co-editor) and Globalization and the Environment (2013) (co-author).  She has attended five Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the UNFCCC as an observer (including in Paris in 2015) and she is currently working on a comparative project on ‘What Makes a Climate Leader?’

This event is free and open to all and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis with no need to pre-register. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEEckersley

Accessibility

If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, as well as on accessibility and special requirements, please refer to LSE Events FAQ. LSE aims to ensure that people have equal access to these public events, but please contact the events organiser as far as possible in advance if you have any access requirements so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. If the event is ticketed, please ensure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date.

WIFI Access

LSE has now introduced wireless for guests and visitors in association with ‘The Cloud’, also in use at many other locations across the UK. If you are on campus visiting for the day or attending a conference or event, you can connect your device to wireless. See more information and create an account at Join the Cloud.

Visitors from other participating institutions are encouraged to use eduroam. If you are having trouble connecting to eduroam, please contact your home institution for assistance.
The Cloud is only intended for guest and visitor access to wifi. Existing LSE staff and students are encouraged to use eduroam instead.

Save this event to your calendar:
- add to Google Calendar
- add to Yahoo Calendar
- add to Outlook.com Calendar
or download for iCal / Outlook