Past eventUnder 35s Forum

International Climate Change Politics

25 September 2007 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Chatham House, London


Kirsty Hamilton, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House



Climate change has moved up the international political agenda from a niche subject discussed by scientists and environmental campaigners to an issue discussed by Head's of Government at international summits such as the G8. The science is accepted and the Stern Report has brought greater economic clarity to the financial and other costs of tackling climate change. The post-Kyoto international climate change regime will need to be agreed by 2009 if governments are to have sufficient time to go through their national ratification processes and to prevent post-2012 limbo.

However, will governments be able to adopt a different approach from the zero sum game of winners and losers that has characterised recent multilateral negotiations as evidenced by the Doha Round of world trade talks? In order to succeed, the post-Kyoto regime will need to bring together developed and emerging countries and economies and overcome differences in related issues such as energy security, foreign economic policy and national interests.

Can the multilateral system rise to the challenge and address the international political, economic and security imperatives posed by climate change?

Please note that this is a round table discussion with a maximum of 30 participants. As numbers are limited, this event will be Under 35s Forum members only.

This is an Under 35s Forum event for Chatham House members only.