The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements hosted a presentation by Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the Untied Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, for students at Harvard and other area universities.
"UN Climate Change Director Encourages Technological Innovation"
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Days before the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its long awaited assessment on the state of the global climate, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), discussed climate issues at Harvard Kennedy School.
Speaking at an open meeting to more than 120 students from Harvard and surrounding universities in late September, Figueres explored the potential of technological innovation to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. She said those innovations, which university students can develop and help implement, are the “good news on climate change.”
The IPCC document stated more definitively than in the past that climate change has not stopped and that it is extremely likely (95 percent probability) that humans are responsible.
Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, welcomed Figueres to the Kennedy School. Stavins and his team have participated in five annual Conferences of the Parties (COPs) of the UNFCCC, leading panel presentations and meeting with numerous national negotiating delegations to present the research of the Harvard Project on options for a new international agreement to alleviate climate change. The Harvard Project will co-host another panel at the Nineteenth COPs in Warsaw, Poland, in November.
The Harvard Project is an effort to help identify key design elements of a future international agreement on climate change.
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