Why the Paris Agreement Negotiations Succeeded while Those in Copenhagen Failed

Richard Kinley
May 29, 2018 - 2:00pm


Multipurpose Room Liu, Institute for Global Issues – 3rd floor, UBC Point Grey Campus
6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver , BC


Please join us for this engaging discussion with Richard Kinley, former Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, on “Why the Paris Agreement Negotiations Succeeded while Those in Copenhagen (2009) Failed.”

A video recording will be available shortly after the event. 

About the talk: The adoption of the Paris Agreement was hailed as a major step forward in international climate policy and proof that multilateralism can produce successful, win-win outcomes.  The presentation will look at the components of this success – intergovernmental, diplomatic, economic, national policies, and social mobilization – and contrast the inputs and the outcome of Paris with the bitter experience of the Copenhagen climate negotiations 6 years earlier.  The question and answer and discussion following the presentation will also be an opportunity to explore current challenges in international climate policy and how to deliver on the promise of Paris.

Bio: Richard Kinley served as Deputy Executive Secretary (Assistant Secretary General) of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) from 2006-2017. He supported the Executive Secretary in managing and developing a large international organization of 450-550 staff. He oversaw the secretariat operational and strategic support to the international climate negotiations including the process of negotiating the Paris Agreement. He also oversaw the organization of the climate change conferences which are the largest annual events in the UN calendar, including the landmark Paris Climate Change Conference (2015).

Note: This event will be video recorded and posted on this page.

Hosts: This event is co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).