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Climate Action beyond COP21: from International Negotiations to Universal Mobilisation?


In the run-up to COP21, Ifri is gathering key experts to discuss the future of climate action and identify what structural changes the Paris conference could trigger.

COP21 is set to become an important milestone in the history of international climate negotiations. Most of the large emitters have submitted national contributions (INDCs) and optimism is rising about the prospects of reaching a global agreement. At the same time, some express concerns that the overall level of ambition of this potential Paris agreement will not be enough to put the world on track to full decarbonisation.

The aim of this conference will be to outline reasonable expectations for COP21, both in terms of binding commitments from the Parties and, more broadly, in terms of the profound transformation that the Paris agreement could catalyze and foster. Our distinguished speakers will be invited to discuss whether the Paris Climate Summit is actually going to accelerate the shift to a global low-carbon economy.

Conference Agenda:


Registration and coffee


Welcome address by Marie-Claire Aoun, Director of the Ifri Centre for Energy



Key challenges for COP21: what should be the core elements of the Paris agreement?   

  • Yvo de Boer, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (2006-2010)

The aggregate effect of INDCs: what chances do we have to stay below the 2°C limit? 

  • Jean Jouzel, Climatologist, Vice-president of IPCC Working Group I

How to reflect contributions beyond parties' commitments? The Taiwanese experience

  • Kuo-Yen Wei, Minister, Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, ROC (Taiwan)


Discussion: Can COP21 trigger a massive wave of low carbon investments?

Oliver Geden, Head of EU Research Unit, SWP

Takashi Hattori, Head, Environment and Climate Change Unit, IEA

Carole Mathieu, Research fellow, Centre for Energy, Ifri


Q&A Session


Conclusions by Marie-Claire Aoun (Ifri)


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