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Panel Discussion “Climate Policy, the G20, and the Global South,” 27 June 2017, GIGA

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement was a bitter setback for international environmental protection. However, the subsequent expressions of solidarity from business, science, politics, society of those who want to retain the climate agreement reflect a new sense of optimism.

Does climate protection not depend to a greater degree on emerging countries anyway? Which political measures can help governments achieve their climate policy goals? And to what extent can and should the G20 summit – which will see the world’s largest emitters sitting around one table – be used as an impulse?

These questions will be discussed by Nicole Wilke (Head of the International Climate Policy Division at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Professor Stefan Aykut (Universität Hamburg), Professor Anita Engels (Centre for Globalisation and Governance/Universität Hamburg), and Professor Jann Lay (GIGA)

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017
at 6:00 p.m.
at the GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, Hamburg.

Moderator: Dagmar Dehmer, Tagesspiegel

The event will be held in English. Further information.

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