THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
This strategic engagement program has strengthened public discussion and applied research translation on international climate negotiations issues and debates before, during and after the UNFCCC COP21 Conference in Paris in 2015.
This project also has a focus on what sub-national entities, particularly States and Provinces can do to assist implement the Paris Agreement.
Aims and Activities:
- To consolidate and deepen the partnership with The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), a not-for-profit led by the Hon Mr Al Gore. TCRP is registered in USA, with branches/partner's in India, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and a presence in China and Germany.
- To establish close working relationships with a targeted set of overseas universities, including those with which the University of Melbourne already has a formal overarching partnership.
- To research (literature search, data/statistics collection, synthesis of information, analysis and commentary) and produce (published online and as hard copies) a bespoke series of MSSI Briefing Papers for each of a set of nations identified as key to the UNFCCC climate negotiations in 2015 and subsequently. These include India, the Philippines, China, Brazil, South Africa and Chile.
- To research and produce a Briefing Paper series analysing and comparing Australia’s climate change action policies, especially emissions reductions targets, relative to those of other nations, i.e. China, the UK, South Korea, and the USA.
- To distribute these Briefing Papers to key stakeholders, influencers, and decision-makers in the international climate negotiations sphere. Furthermore, to utilise this research and leverage these relationships in order to shape and influence key discussions, both open and “back room”, about how to set ambitious national and global emissions reductions targets and how to solidify commitments to them.
- Prof Henry’s unique role entails a significant travel program through which he establishes and enriches research linkages with peak environmental NGOs and key international civil society bodies, such as the UNFCCC. He is a member of the International Board of Directors for The Climate Reality Project.
- Peers and Partners: How Australia compares on climate policy
- What does climate leadership and a ‘fair share’ look like?
- India’s rapid transition: The Modi government’s climate change and development plan
- Philippines climate change agenda: High vulnerability! High ambition?
- Cities and climate action after Paris: key opportunities and priorities
- A new starting point: China’s eco-civilisation and climate action post-Paris
- Growing a Clean Economy: Opportunities for Australian states and territories