Toward 2015: An International Climate Dialouge

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is convening an informal dialogue among senior policymakers from more than 20 countries to explore options for a new global climate agreement.

The dialogue provides 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 climate 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.

Participants are meeting four times between March and September of 2014.  The dialogue’s aim is an open exchange of ideas and views contributing to deeper common understandings both among the participants and within the broader climate community.  C2ES will seek opportunities to share more broadly the ideas and insights that emerge.

The dialogue is made possible with financial support from the governments of Australia, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.  Participants all take part in their personal capacities.

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).

Justin Lee
Ambassador for Climate Change
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
 
Isabel Cavelier
Team Leader, Support Unit
Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)
 
Gao Feng
Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
China
 
Jake Werksman
Principal Adviser
DG Climate Action
European Commission
 
Laurence Tubiana
Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations
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
 
Hideaki Mizukoshi
Deputy Director General for Global Issues
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan
 
Alejandro Rivera Becerra
Director for Environmental Governance
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
Mexico
 
Jo Tyndall
Climate Change Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Zealand
 
Aslak Brun
Deputy Director General
Head of Section, Section for Climate Change
Global Health and Sustainable Development Norway
 
Rómulo Acurio
Director de Medio Ambiente
Ministerio des Relaciones Externales
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
 
Fook Seng Kwok
Ambassador, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change
Climate Change Office
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singapore
 
Alf Wills
Deputy Director-General
Department of Environmental Affairs
South Africa
 
Franz Perrez
Ambassador
Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
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