Toward 2015: An International Climate Dialogue

The Toward 2015 dialogue convened by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions brought together senior officials from more than 20 countries to discuss options for a 2015 climate agreement.

The dialogue provided an informal opportunity for participants to examine issues related to the ongoing Durban Platform negotiations. The goal of the Durban Platform talks is a new agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in late 2015 in Paris.

Report of the Co-Chairs

July 15, 2015

Participants took part in their personal capacities, meeting eight times from March 2014 to May 2015 to exchange ideas and deepen understanding.

The dialogue co-chairs, Valli Moosa and Harald Dovland, released an interim report in October 2014 and a final report in July 2015, which was presented at the Major Economies Forum. Also, the co-chairs and several dialogue participants held a public panel discussion April 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Toward 2015 was made possible with financial support from the governments of Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

CO-CHAIRS

The dialogue is co-chaired by Valli Moosa of South Africa and Harald Dovland of Norway.

Mr. Moosa served as South Africa’s Minister for Environment from 1999 to 2004. As a leader of the African National Congress, he supported President Mandela in negotiating the transition from apartheid to democracy. He has served as President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Chairman of Eskom, and Chairman of the UNFCCC High Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue. He is chairman of WWF (South Africa) and a Director of Lereko Investments, Sun International, Anglo Platinum, Sanlam and Imperial Holdings.

Mr. Dovland has served as Co-Chair of the UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocol, and Chairman of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice. A former head of the Norwegian delegation to the UNFCCC, Mr. Dovland retired from the Ministry for the Environment in 2011, and is currently Climate Policy Director for the consulting firm Carbon Limits.

PARTICIPANTS
(Participating in personal capacities. Title and affiliation included for informational purposes only).

 

Geoff Tooth
Assistant Secretary
Sustainability and Climate Change Branch Multilateral Policy Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australia

Raphael Azeredo
Director, Department for the Environment and Special Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Brazil

Gao Feng
Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
China

Jake Werksman
Principal Adviser
DG Climate Action
European Commission

Antoine Michon
Deputy Director, Environment and Climate
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
France

Pa Ousman Jarju
Minister
Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife
The Gambia

Karsten Sach
Deputy Director General
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Germany

Leon Charles
Lead Climate Change Negotiator
Grenada

Isabel Cavelier
Team Leader, Support Unit
Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)

Hideaki Mizukoshi
Deputy Director General for Global Issues
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan

Seyni Nafo
Chief Negotiator
Agency for Environment and Sustainable Development
Mali

Alejandro Rivera Becerra
Director for Climate Change, Head Negotiator for ADP
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mexico

Jo Tyndall
Climate Change Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Zealand

Aslak Brun
Chief Climate Negotiator
Ministry of Climate and Environment
Norway

Rómulo Acurio
Minister, Deputy Representative for Climate Change
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Peru

Oleg Shamanov
Head of Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Russian Federation

Khalid Abuleif
Sustainability Advisor to the Minister
Chief Negotiator for Climate Agreements
Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
Saudi Arabia

Kwok Fook Seng
Ambassador, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singapore

Alf Wills
Deputy Director-General
Department of Environmental Affairs
South Africa

Franz Perrez
Ambassador
Ministry for the Environment
Switzerland

Pete Betts
Director, International Climate Change
Department of Energy and Climate Change
United Kingdom

Trigg Talley
Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change
Department of State
United States

Claudia Salerno
Viceminister for North America
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs
Venezuela

 

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