World Affairs Council – Lessons from the Paris Climate Agreement

June 27, 2016 · posted by Independent Diplomat in Articles written by us, Blog


The following is a guest blog post by Carne Ross, Executive Director, Independent Diplomat.The views expressed are those of the author and are not intended to represent those of World Affairs. Ross will speak at World Affairs on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 PM.

Last December, more than 190 countries came together in Paris to hammer out what many believed to be impossible – a global agreement to curb the dangerous impacts of climate change.

The remarkable – and in many ways still untold – story that emerged from those three weeks of negotiations is how a group of progressive nations both large and small formed an unstoppable coalition and made clear they would not accept anything less than the ambitious global agreement the world demanded. The leader of this so-called “High Ambition Coalition” was the tiny island nation of the Marshall Islands, and their inspiring foreign minister, Tony de Brum.

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