December 3, 2009
10:00 am- 12:00 noon
Brookings 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
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With his announcement to attend the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, President Obama has raised expectations for a new global climate treaty. Heads of States and negotiating teams will convene to debate the outline for a strong political commitment that can eventually become a binding treaty in 2010. There are varying views on both sides of the Atlantic as to what a successful outcome at COP15 would look like. The December 3 event will discuss the outlook for the 2009 UN climate negotiations with a particular focus on the potential new relationship between the United States and Europe and how transatlantic cooperation could best help to facilitate a global deal. Specifically the roundtable will examine the largest obstacles in the negotiations and how can they be overcome; what the policy community should expect after Copenhagen; and what role new initiatives like the Transatlantic Energy Council could play to address next steps towards a low-carbon economy.
On Thursday, December 3 the Brookings Institution and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung will host a panel of experts to discuss these and other issues relating to the upcoming Copenhagen conference. The event is part of a joint event series of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America and the Brookings Institution on important transatlantic challenges.
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and Introduction
Arne Jungjohann, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America
Lea Rosenbohm, The Brookings Institution
Nicole Wilke, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (via video)
Adele Morris, The Brookings Institution