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March, 15, 2016 13:31 Age: 2 yrs

Staff Seminar- The Paris Climate Conference By Margaretha Wewerinke - Friday 18 March 2016

USP Conference room - 12.00 -2.00 p.m

The Paris Climate Conference: Pacific Island Countries’ Accomplishments and the Role of “Team USP”

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), held from 30 November-13 December in Paris, was a meeting of historic importance: 196 countries reached an agreement on a new legal regime to combat climate change. While often under-prepared and under-resourced, Pacific island countries punched beyond their weight in Paris, shaping crucial parts of the outcome documents through a common negotiation strategy and effective collaboration with media and civil society.

In partnership with the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) and the School of Governance, the School of Law made a modest but significant contribution to the negotiating capacity of Pacific island delegations. Together with PaCE-SD Director Professor Elisabeth Holland, Margaretha supervised a team of 8 postgraduate USP students (including one of our MEL students) who were each supporting a Pacific delegation. The seminar will unpack the Pacific contribution to the Paris Agreement, with some reflections on the contributions of the School of Law as part of “Team USP” and lessons learnt from our participation.  

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