Dean Najam suggests that, while much has happened because of the Stockholm conference, much of its agenda remains a work in progress and that this fact would have greatly disturbed the architects of the original conference.
Najam and host Huma Yusuf reflect on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and offer thoughts on how Pakistan – a country that emits less than 1% of global greenhouse gases but counts among the most climate-vulnerable – should craft its climate policy.
According to Dean Najam, the world is now living in the Age of Adaptation, and ignoring the impacts of climate change is no longer a luxury that any country can afford, least of all Pakistan, which is economically impoverished and climatically imperiled.
“Political divisions between industrialized and developing countries that surfaced at the 1972 Stockholm Conference have hampered much subsequent environmental cooperation.”
Professor Schmidt explores the ways in which the EU seeks to lead the world through example on its approach to climate change as well as the internal challenges of implementing its climate strategy.
Dean Najam highlights that, because of the failures of the world’s richest and polluted countries, the harsh realities of climate change are now actively affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries
One issue Dean Najam hopes the United States and China can work together on is climate change arguing that as the world’s two top polluters, the U.S. and China need to find ways to coordinate climate mitigation efforts.
“In some ways, we lie to ourselves when we talk about climate as something that is going to happen. By my estimation for at least about two and a half billion people climate change is a reality today.”
Appearing on CGTN’s “The Heat,” Ambassador Heine discusses the challenges APEC faces, the need for more climate action as opposed to climate commitments, and the existential threat that APEC faces in maintaining its relevance.
Ambassador Heine explores the troubled relationship between the U.S. and China as well as the Chinese real estate bubble, climate diplomacy, big tech companies, Blackrock’s foray into China, and international trade.
The first-of-its-kind NCF Tracker identifies 46 funds across 39 countries, showing how these funds vary by host country, legal design, scope, mobilized finance, and the level of success in attracting resources from multilateral climate funds.
Dean Najam expressed disappointment with COP26 and climate activists whose increased interest and awareness of the climate crises have not translated to actionable change, noting that aspiration is not a replacement for action, and neither is anger.
According to Dean Najam, “a temperature rise of two degrees would lead to more than two billion people fleeing. The international community must adjust to this.”
Drawing on lessons learned from the Pardee Center’s “World After Coronavirus” series, Dean Najam highlighted that COVID has alerted us to constantly interrogate the meaning of ‘normal’ and that the world before COVID was itself full of challenges and turmoil that have, in many cases, taken on new dimensions because of the pandemic.
Dean Najam argues that the climate diplomacy exercise has mostly been a failure and climate negotiators have now gotten into a well-rehearsed routine that merely prolongs the status quo, a sad fact considering the continued marginalization of developing countries’ concerns from the global climate agenda.
Dean Najam argues that despite the enhanced global attention, climate talks have become a ritual in “talk and talk” and very little action, especially by the major industrialized countries.
“If [the United States and China] could set aside their differences and explore frameworks of substantial cooperation, they could provide a sizable boost to global climate efforts.”
Over the next 18 months, the Task Force will engage in and utilizes rigorous, empirical research to advance IMF policies that align international financial stability and growth with global climate goals
Professor Gallagher offered comments on President Xi Jinping’s announcement that China will end its support for new coal power projects overseas in multiple global publications including Associated Press, Forbes, Quartz, The New York Times, The Independent, and Aljazeera.
Professors Selin and Björn-Ola Linnér discuss the geopolitical backdrop of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, global tensions it revealed, and the conference’s continued relevance today.