Georgetown Climate Center heads to Katowice, Poland for COP24

November 28, 2018

Logo for UNFCCC COP24The Georgetown Climate Center will be taking part in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP24), starting next week in Katowice, Poland. This year's COP, running from December 3 through 14, represents a pivotal point in the follow-up to the 2015 Paris Agreement, with negotiators working to finalize the "Rulebook" that will govern how countries account for and report their emissions of climate-changing pollution.

Georgetown's delegation to the COP includes Joe Kruger, GCC's Director of Strategy and Planning, Pete Rafle, GCC's Communications Director, and students from Georgetown Law and the School of Foreign Service. GCC will be holding an official UNFCCC side event on Friday, December 7 from 3-4:30 pm local time (9-10:30 am Eastern in the US) spotlighting the importance of collaboration among cities, states, and provinces.

Presented in partnership with Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of California, Davis, the event, "Transnational and Subnational Transportation Policy Collaboration in North America," will focus on regional collaborations to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, including the Transportation and Climate Initiative (facilitated by GCC), the Western Climate Initiative, and the Pacific Coast Collaborative, among others. A reception will follow the panel.

Confirmed speakers and moderators include:

  • Patricia Fuller: Ambassador for Climate Change, Government of Canada
  • Eric Théroux: Assistant Deputy Minister, Quebec Ministry of Environment and Fight Against Climate Change
  • Reed Schuler: Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State
  • Austin Brown: Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
  • Mark Purdon: Professor, ESG-UQAM & Executive Director, IQCarbone
  • Carla Frisch: Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Joe Kruger: GCC's Director of Strategy and Planning.

Those attending COP24 are cordially invited to join us in person. Others can live-stream this event and the other side events and official proceedings via the UNFCCC website (the complete schedule of side events can be found here). Follow GCC on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates, photos, and more.

Watch the live-stream on Dec. 7 and 9 A.M. EST


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