Deciphering the UN climate talks in Madrid

COP25 day 1 - Conference Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. Image: UNclimatechange Flickr Deciphering the UN climate talks in Madrid


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With three recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivering stark warnings about the consequences if we don’t rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the annual UN climate talks, Conference of the Parties (COP 25), kicked off on 2 December in Madrid.

COP25 is the last COP before 2020 when many countries must submit new climate action plans. The pressure is on to build momentum by increasing countries' national climate commitments. The focus will be on encouraging countries to step up ambition and make progress on outstanding rules under the Paris Climate Agreement.

At this public lecture, a panel of experts who attended the talks will discuss how events unfolded, the decisions made (or not made) and their implications for Australia and the world. What are the prospects for limiting global warming to 2C or even 1.5C? The panel will include:

  • Aaron Tang , PhD student, Fenner School of Environment & Society - The Ambition Bottleneck Aaron Tang - COP25.pdf 
  • Prof Frank Jotzo, Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Dr Siobhan McDonnell, Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Hon Prof Howard Bamsey, School of Regulation and Global Governance and formerly Australian special envoy on climate change
  • Ewelina Przybyszewski, Masters student, Fenner School of Environment & Society - View presentation - 303KB
  • Susie Smith, Australian Industry Greenhouse Network 
  • Richie Merzian, The Australia Institute

Each panel member will give a brief presentation, followed by audience Q&A. The event will be chaired by Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute.

Registrations are essential via Eventbrite.   Please only register for this event if you genuinely intend to attend. If you find out at a later date that you'll be unable to attend, please log in and cancel your booking. 

If you can't attend, we'll be livestreaming the event via our Facebook page.  For the best experience we do recommend attending in person, but this is a good option if you're unable to be physically present. 

Parking Information for Kambri

There is a new Car Park facility on the city-side edge of campus under the Kambri Cultural Centre. This carpark is managed externally by Carepark and uses a ticketless parking system – their rates for parking are found here. The carpark entrance is at the end of Kingsley Street near the Kambri precinct - Google Maps link to venue.

Image: UNclimatechange Flickr