All eyes were on Paris. The United Nations was working to secure a historic, legally binding international climate change agreement at its December 2015 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the City of Lights.
Governments were submitting their mitigation and adaptation plans. Scientists put forward a statement on the essential elements of any agreed upon plan. And in May 2015, Paris hosted a climate summit for business interests.
Selwin Hart, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, joined SCEPA on May 11th to present, "The Road to Paris and Beyond: Creating a Climate Agreement that Works." Hart shared his insider point of view on the UN's efforts to mobilize the support necessary to secure an agreement. He also shared the UN's vision to ensure it works, including a framework for a multilaterial, rules-based climate regime.
The lecture was followed by a presentation on "The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming" by SCEPA Faculty Fellow Willi Semmler and New School economic alumnus Lucas Bernard, Professor of Business at CUNY's College of Technology. The handbook analyzes the economic impact of global warming and how responses to global warming - including preventative measures, adaptation policies and international agreements - affect growth, sustainability and society. With articles from over 50 different scholars, it considers how these consequences differ between developed and developing nations.
The event was hosted by SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change Project, led by New School Professor of Economics Willi Semmler, and was generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG).