Over the last year, Connie Hedegaard (EU Commissioner for Climate Action), Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (French Minister for Ecology) and Serge Lepeltier (French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations) each held workshops on current climate policy at NYU, continuing the Global Climate Finance Project’s series of meetings between leading international policy-makers and NYU faculty and students.
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action participating in a roundtable discussion.
Commissioner Hedegaard, who was chair of the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009, came to campus in September 2010 after asking the Global Climate Finance Project to gather a group of experts to discuss issues relating to climate finance. In addition to Hedegaard and the European Commission’s Director of Climate Strategy and International Negotiations Artur Runge-Metzger, NYU professors and fellows participated along with colleagues from Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Environmental Defense Fund, Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Resources Institute, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
The workshop engaged in lively debate on a number of contentious issues, including the institutions and MRV structures for climate finance, the use of border carbon adjustments, the U.S. domestic political obstacles to implementing proposed international levies (for example, on bunker fuels), and the role of corporations in the current climate change negotiations and in any future climate finance regime.
Professor Richard Stewart, French Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Robert Orr, Assistant UN Secretary General discuss the future of climate finance
In March 2011, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport, and Housing Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was the lead speaker at “From Fast-Start to Long-Term Finance for Climate Protection: The Need for New Funding Sources,” a panel discussion involving the Assistant UN Secretary General Robert Orr, Professor Richard Stewart and others.
Following the public panel, a small private workshop was held on climate finance issues and opportunities in the upcoming international meetings and U.S. climate regulation. Participants included the panelists, the French ambassador to the United States, the French ambassador for climate change negotiations, the deputy governor of the Banque de France, and additional experts.
Serge Lepeltier (third from right) and NYU professors and fellows
In September 2011, Serge Lepeltier, the French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations returned with his climate advisors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss climate finance in the lead up to the Durban climate conference. Participating were professors and fellows from NYU and its research partners, World Resources Institute and Environmental Defense Fund.