• Paris Agreement

    As UN Climate Talks Convene, the Earth Veers Toward Catastrophe

    by  • November 2, 2017 • Climate and Environment, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Two years ago, the governments of the world unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a remarkable blueprint of the world’s most pressing long-term predicaments that the United Nations is good at lifting into the global conscience. Cataloguing 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda contains an inventory of the remedial activities that...

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    America’s Pledge to the Paris Agreement Doesn’t Hinge on Washington

    by  • June 26, 2017 • BOOKS, Cities, Climate and Environment • 

    When Donald Trump, defying science and public opinion, reversed American policy and announced in June that the United States would leave the universally endorsed 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, his decision may have given more impetus to a growing trend away from reliance on shortsighted national politicians. In country after country, the focus...

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    Six Reasons We Will Always Have the Paris Agreement

    by  • June 3, 2017 • Climate and Environment, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    President Trump announced recently to a baffled world that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Or in his own inimitable words, “we are leaving, . . . we will renegotiate a better deal . . . #AmericaFirst.”   The reactions from other world leaders were fast and furious, with the strongest words...

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    Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From the Paris Agreement Is Not So Simple

    by  • June 1, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Geopolitics, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    With his announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump will discover taking such action is neither simple nor immediate. Given that the US is one of the leading greenhouse gas emitting countries, pulling out of the Paris accord will make it incredibly difficult for the world to...

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    On Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres Swipes at the US

    by  • May 30, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Geopolitics, Secretary-General, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    “Allow me to be blunt,” António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, told his audience to an uneasy laugh. “Our world is in a mess.” Although Guterres could have been speaking to any audience anywhere, he was addressing a crowd gathered at the Stern Center for Sustainable Business at New York University on May 30,...

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    At the UN Oceans Forum in June, Will the US Play a Bit Part?

    by  • May 17, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Sustainable Development Goals, US-UN Relations • 

    In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world’s oceans and seas, with member states, government and nongovernmental organizations, corporations and members of the scientific community and academia signed up to take part. Yet while representatives from America’s private sector and academic community...

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    A Sorry State of Affairs: Ban Ki-moon Has No Climate Plan for UN

    by  • August 2, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    How green is the United Nations’ own environmental policies? Shepherding the Paris climate agreement to conclusion in December 2015 has been a major achievement of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The agreement got more than 190 states to commit to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees centigrade, above pre-industrial levels....

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    Good Cop, Bad Cop: Climate Change After Paris

    by  • June 16, 2016 • Climate and Environment • 

    The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 was a good COP. It demonstrated unprecedented global collaboration when divisions were deep and stakes were high. Since 1995, when COP1 met in Berlin, governments have been assembling annually in an effort to create...

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    UN Puts on Big To-Do, Amid Tight Security, for Signing of New Climate Agreement

    by  • April 22, 2016 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General • 

    The United Nations threw a large and lavish party at its headquarters in New York on Earth Day, the opening day of the signing ceremony for the world’s new climate agreement. About 170 heads of state and government representatives came to inscribe their names, in alphabetical order by country, in the General Assembly Hall,...

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