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.
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.
The dialogue was 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