A GLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL IN 2015: What are the chances? What are the implications?

Wednesday 23 September 2015
6.30 - 8.15pm

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Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, John Hopkins Drive, University opf Sydney


Discussing what ‘success’ should really look like at the Paris talks.

Co-presented with the Sydney Ideas and the Sydney Democracy Network

In just three months, for two weeks at the beginning of December, world leaders and climate negotiators will meet at COP 21 Paris to agree the parameters of a new global climate treaty. What are the chances of success in Paris compared to previous efforts at agreement? How might we assess the meeting?

What would ‘success’ entail, and what implications might this have for domestic policy, existing fossil fuel infrastructure, and future investment in emissions reduction?

We invite you to an evening of provocative insight and discussion focusing on humanity’s response to the global climate problem.

Keynote Speaker

Tim Flannery, Chair of the Climate Council, 2007 Australian of the Year, author of The Weather Makers and his latest book Atmosphere of Hope, will commence the evening and examine the possibilities and implications of an agreement to reduce emissions at a pace and scale likely to reduce the risks of climate change. In 2015 we have choices. Many of them are positive: new innovations and low emissions technologies and policies that reduce climate risk at least financial and wider cost. But what if we fail? What choices will be before us then? And which, if any, are palatable.

The evening will be tightly chaired by Adjunct Professor Nick Rowley, Sydney Democracy Network, and include the opportunity to ask questions, along with contributions from expert panellists with a deep understanding and practical experience of:

  • the politics required to address the climate problem;
  • the nature and capacities of international agreements;
  • how to achieve the investment required in low emissions infrastructure, and
  • the implications of domestic and international policy failure.


  •  Nikola Casule, Climate and Energy campaigner, Greenpeace
  •  Professor Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
  •  Emma Herd, Chief Executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change