Friday 17 June - 0800-0850

Earning the Green Dollar: Corporate Climate Responsibility

The Lima-Paris action agenda has created a series of ‘clubs’ and ‘coalitions of the willing’ between business and other non-state actors. These coalitions offer an innovative space to find new solutions to climate problems and drive action on the ground. However, there are also significant questions around transparency and reporting for company actions, especially following the recent vehicle emissions scandal. This discussion will explore key questions related to corporate leadership and responsibility in responding to climate change.

The End of the Revolution: Political Evolutions in Latin America

Argentina’s and Venezuela’s recent overwhelming election results and Brazil’s growing corruption scandal have contributed to a growing sense that South America is facing a major political shift from left-wing governments to more liberal administrations. How will this shift affect regional alliances with formerly ideologically sympathetic neighbours? Will this shift encourage further international cooperation, for example, in the form of closer bilateral trade relations with the US?

Ukraine: Can There be a Third Chance? 

Ukraine remains entangled in two seemingly intractable problems: fighting Russia and tackling endemic corruption. These problems have been compounded by the lack of sufficient economic aid, and missteps in the West’s approach to helping Kyiv. How can Ukraine best move forward to successfully overcome both issues?

Syria and its Neighbours: Governing Through Danger and Instability

Recent insecurity and instability in the Middle East has left a vacuum of governance in many parts of the region. The impact of the conflict in Syria has spilled over into neighbouring countries, has had a detrimental impact on established governance structures and precipitated the rise of disruptive non-state actors. Panellists will discuss the key challenges facing international and domestic actors in providing legitimate and effective governance during this period of change and in the future.

Global Trends 2016 Preview: Empowered Citizens in an Unstable World

The United States’ National Intelligence Council releases a new Global Trends report every four years, immediately following the presidential election. The 2016 report will stress increasing volatility and significant political, economic and social adjustments in the context of a slowing global economy, advancing technologies and governance shortfalls. Additionally, poverty reduction and expanded access to education and information have produced a new generation of more aware, empowered and consequential citizens. How will these trends interact, and what does this mean for the future of governance?