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Centre Supports Leading Conference on Environmental Governance in Nairobi

29.11.2016 A year after adoption of the Paris Agreement, the landmark climate agreement entered into force and the signatories of more than 190 countries gathered at the Marrakech United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC / COP22) from 7–18 November 2016. While this was an important milestone in the global effort to address climate change, it became clear that now the hard part of the work begins. Questions on how international climate policy can succeed will be at the heart of the Earth System Governance Conference in Nairobi on 7–9 December that is chaired by Fariborz Zelli, Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research. The Centre is one of the supporting institutions of this year’s conference that is the first one to take place in Africa.

The overarching conference theme ‘Confronting Complexity and Inequality’ will be discussed on panel and plenary sessions over three days. Amongst others the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), one of our Centre’s participating institutions, will be co-hosting the conference. DIE’s Klimalog project will be organizing a semi-plenary session on the post-Paris climate governance landscape, in particular to consider equity and coherence in the context of the wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Environmental governance research in and about Africa will get a special focus in the programme. Researchers from all over the world will present their cutting edge research and exchange the most recent findings with the earth system governance community as well as policy makers and stakeholders and plan further cooperation. Apart from the four core panel streams, the conference will feature spotlight sessions with local research institutions, and a series of local early-career researcher panels, where young African scholars will talk about their work, expertise and visions. The local host and partner for the conference is the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi.

Having its international headquarters at Lund University, the Earth System Governance project is the largest social science research network in the area of global environmental governance. Venues of its conference, the leading convention in this field, change annually.

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Martin Wolf
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