Chatham House, 10 St James's Square,
London, England SW1Y

Join this high-level debate on the politics of reaching a multilateral climate change agreement in 2009, what the elements of a deal might be, and what the alternatives are if a deal is not reached.
Can agreement be reached on a new climate deal in Copenhagen in 2009?

Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) meeting in Bali in December 2007, the UNFCC negotiations have emerged as the most likely forum for international agreement on climate change action. But the deadline for reaching agreement is at the UN meeting in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 in order to have a treaty in place when the Kyoto treaty expires in 2012.

There is now some international consensus, but there is much still to be settled that requires unprecedented levels of international co-operation. This conference will focus on the politics of reaching agreement, and will ask:
• where there may be the need for collaboration and compromise
• what the alternatives are if agreement is not reached
• what the roles of major players such as China and Russia will be
• whether the USA's new administration can put a strategy in place in time to reach agreement in 2009
• whether developing countries can achieve an equitable deal
• whether global economic recession will create an opportunity to finance low carbon development; a 'new green deal'.

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Added by chinadialogue on June 4, 2009

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