This panel is part of Hertie Futures Forum, a high-ranking event series celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hertie School.
As the world takes stock of progress towards the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the need to address the severe gaps in global greenhouse gas emissions reductions, adaptation to climate impacts, and addressing loss and damage is becoming ever more urgent. Strained trust between developing and developed states and shifting priorities amid geopolitical tensions exacerbate long-existing challenges. How can countries advance global mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage support efforts in this challenging context? Innovative approaches are needed both within the UN climate framework, and in other multilateral settings.
The upcoming UN climate summit in Dubai (COP 28) presents a critical juncture. While agreement on a global fossil-fuel phaseout currently seems to be hard to achieve, a new global target for renewable energy is hoped to invigorate international decarbonisation dynamics. Negotiations on loss and damage remain challenging, but novel formats such as Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) may offer additional, complementary avenues to advance international cooperation.
Looking back at the development of the international climate regime to draw lessons for international climate policy strategy at COP 28 and beyond, Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary at the Foreign Federal office, and Germany’s Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and Ottmar Edenhofer, Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, explore innovative approaches for fostering international climate policy cooperation. The panel will be moderated byChristian Flachsland, Professor of Climate Policy, Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Hertie School.
- Welcome remark by Cornelia Woll, Professor of International Political Economy, President of the Hertie School
- Keynote address by Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary, German Federal Foreign Office
- Panel discussion with Q&A
Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary, German Federal Foreign Office
Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF)
Ottmar Edenhofer, Professor for Climate Economics, Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
Christian Flachsland, Professor of Climate Policy, Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Hertie School
Jennifer Morgan has been State Secretary and Special Representative for International Climate Policy at the Federal Foreign Office since March 16, 2022. She served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace International (GPI) in Amsterdam from 2016 to 2022 and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) from 2010 to 2017. Morgan is a renowned environmentalist and climate advocate with a diverse career spanning several key organizations. She studied Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and International Relations at the School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C.
Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. She previously chaired the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD), as well as the Board at Expertise France (The French public agency for international technical assistance). Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21 and through COP22, she was appointed UN High-Level Champion for climate action.
Ottmar Edenhofer is Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, and Professor for Climate Economics and Public Policy at the Technische Universität Berlin. Ottmar Edenhofer is a leading expert in the field of the economics of climate change. His main research interests cover the impact of technological change on the costs and strategies of climate change mitigation, public finance, distributional effects of climate policy instruments, scientific policy advice and the science-policy-interface as well as inequality research.
Christian Flachsland is Professor of Climate Policy at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Sustainability. He is also a Research Fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). His research focuses on the design, governance and politics of climate, energy and sustainability policy. He publishes in Science, Nature Climate Change, and leading journals on climate policy and climate politics. Flachsland co-coordinates the research on Governance in the Kopernikus-Ariadne project, a major research consortium assessing climate policy options for Germany and Europe, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).