YTN DC: Subnational Climate Diplomacy: New Roles Post-Paris
Held in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
- Timothy R. Robinson, Chief Counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives
- Robert Lazaro, Executive Director and Director of Regional Energy and Sustainability Policy, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
- James Barbour, Head of Press and Public Diplomacy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
- Kara Reeve, Urban Management Specialist at RTI International
December 12 marks the two year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement represented an unprecedented international commitment to taking action on climate change within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the two years since the agreement was signed and particularly since the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the accord, subnational efforts have become a driving force for action. In the United States, mayors and governors from across the country have taken the lead on the sustainable energy transition, working in collaboration with their international and private sector counterparts to explore options and implement policy. Climate pledges and international coalitions, such as the We Are Still In declaration and Under2 Coalition, are forming a network of public-private activity at the subnational level to support the purpose and spirit of the Paris Agreement. The European Union has also supported subnational efforts on climate action for a number of years, including through its Cohesion Policy and its involvement in the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Please join us and our partner the Delegation of the European Union to the United States for a discussion on the future of climate action in the United States, the role of cities and regions in implementing international climate policy, and the importance of strong transatlantic leadership in this area of global concern.