Käte Hamburger Lecture

The Interplay between Fairness and Ambition: The Example of the Paris Agreement

Bonn – 17 May 2017

In negotiations for international agreements, finding the delicate balance between ambition that matters and the fair and equitable treatment of the diverse parties is a vital factor of success. The Paris Agreement has addressed this interplay in a particularly intricate way. In global climate policy, ambition to cope with and avoid further damages is high. At the same time, fairness and burden-sharing have been the grand ethical question debated among parties and signatories. In the 22nd Käte Hamburger Lecture, Prof. Dr Christina Voigt explained the importance of this balance for the effectiveness of the Agreement and discussed its promises and potential limitations.

Prof. Dr Christina Voigt is professor at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo. In 2009 and 2010, she worked for the Norwegian government as lead negotiator on REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) in the UN climate negotiations and she still works as legal advisor for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and as consultant for several governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Her lecture was discussed by Dr Steffen Bauer of the Department of Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management at the German Development Institute (DIE) and Prof. J. Timmons Roberts of the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society of the Brown University. Prof. Detlef Sprinz, Senior Fellow of the Centre and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam, moderated the discussion.

Date: 17 May 2017, 13:15–15:00 h
Venue: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn