Global Climate Governance and Canadian Policy: Looking Forward to Paris 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Why are the upcoming UN Climate Negotiations important?

The twenty-first session of the conference of the parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Paris in December 2015. COP21 is considered to be a pivotal moment in international climate negotiations, with the objective to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

The Canadian negotiating team in Paris will be representing a re-elected or newly elected federal government. Alongside other government leaders, they will be faced with the challenge of crafting a position that satisfies domestic interests while addressing the need to substantially limit future greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to increasingly severe climate-induced impacts, both in Canada and abroad.

Hosted by the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo, this symposium will investigate Canadian political positions and policy options in the context of global governance of climate change. 


Speakers and moderators:

  • Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo (Geography)
  • Angela Carter, University of Waterloo (Political Science)
  • Radoslav Dimitrov, Western University (Political Science)
  • David Estrin, Centre for International Governance Innovation (International Law Research Program)
  • Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo (SEED)
  • Kathy Hochstetler, University of Waterloo (Political Science)
  • Janet Kimantas, Alternatives Journal
  • James Meadowcroft, Carleton University (Political Science; Public Policy)
  • James Orbinski, Wilfrid Laurier University (International Policy and Governance)
  • Catherine Potvin, McGill University (Sustainable Canada Dialogues initiative)
  • Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • David Runnalls, CIGI Distinguished Fellow; IISD Distinguished Fellow
  • Chris Russill, Carleton University (Communications)
  • Byron Williston, Wilfrid Laurier University (Philosophy)


participants talking at workshop