Event: Copenhagen, Climate Negotiations, and Transatlantic Relations


December 3, 2009 
10:00 am- 12:00 noon
Brookings 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Kresge Room
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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
10:15-12:00 Discussion
Nicole Wilke, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (via video)
Adele Morris, The Brookings Institution

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