The second annual Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD) will take place on 11 November 2016 in Marrakesh, in parallel to the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). All interested organizations and agencies are welcome to collaborate in this initiative.
With institutional or legal reform explicitly prioritised in over 80% of intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement submitted by parties to the UNFCCC, law and governance innovation will be crucial on all levels. Nearly 15,000 delegates are expected to gather for the UNFCCC CoP22 in Marrakech, including many leading climate law and governance experts of the world. It is an unprecedented opportunity to work together to engage law and governance in global efforts to address climate change and ensure effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 climate regime.
CLGD 2016 will convene a community of international and national leaders and actors, including justice, environment, development and other government authorities, judges, law faculties and legal institutes, law associations, and others responsible for inspiring, innovating and building the capacity of the new generations of law-makers.
CLGD 2016 will:
1. Increase awareness of the international, national, and local law and governance mechanisms and challenges relating to global efforts to address climate change;
2. Co-generate new law and governance knowledge and approaches by stimulating exchange between delegates, legal practitioners and legal academics, and
3. Strengthen capacity, collaboration and build a strong law and governance community to implement the Doha Amendment, Paris Agreement, Climate SDG, and COP22 outcomes.
An international call for partners, an Experts Roundtable during the UNFCCC Bonn meetings in May 2016, and meetings with Morocco’s leading faculties of Law have developed a substantive agenda for the day.
The day-long event will take the form of an interactive dialogue with world-leading experts on international, national and local law and governance challenges in responding to climate change, covering the following themes:
1. Climate Instruments: legal and institutional reforms such as incentives for mitigation, renewable energy and industries promotion, sustainable landscapes, and carbon pricing
2. Climate Justice: human rights, inter-generational equity, access to information and justice, public participation, transparency rules for stock-taking and accountability
3. Climate Finance: climate law and governance aspects of trade, investment and financial regulation, incentives for investment in green economy and low-carbon pathways
4. Climate Litigation: citizen suits and domestic courts roles in limiting climate change, addressing adaptation, the boundaries between adaptation and loss and damage, and migration and displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change
The co-hosts, with thanks to the Moroccan Presidency of the UNFCCC CoP22 and a network of academics and experts, invite Parties, UN bodies, intergovernmental organizations, academia, jurists and civil society together on Friday the 11th of November for Climate Law and Governance Day 2016 in Marrakech.
Interested participants should complete their registration via eventbrite before 30th October 2016.
Interested presenters should email the symposium coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a short (e.g. 200-word) abstract of their paper explaining how it relates to one of the listed topics, and a 100-word biography, by 20th October 2016.
Further information on this call for registrations, and a downloadable invitation, can be found at http://www.climatelawgovernance.org/register.html.