Our Views from COP15

The Tuck School sent its first delegation of official observers to the COP15 proceedings in Copenhagen in December 2009.   The group recorded their observations and reflections in the following blog: http://tuckatcop15.wordpress.com/

Members of the group returned from Copenhagen with a variety of viewpoints about the outcomes of the COP15 meeting and the effectiveness of the UN process for combatting greenhouse gas emissions.   Below are three blog posts summarizing those viewpoints.

COP15: Essential Beginning or Failure?

By Pat Palmiotto

UN chief Ban Ki-moon described the accord from COP15 as an “essential beginning” and U.S. President Obahma, called it “ a meaningful agreement” while critics labeled the accord a sham and a failure. Having spent the week in Copenhagen focusing on climate change issues, do I view the conference with positive hope for the future or not? Was COP15 worth the time, cost, and carbon emitted from the travel miles of tens of thousands of people?

I fall into the ‘glass is half full’ camp. I have hope because of the variety of people I saw in Copenhagen deeply engaged in the issue…

Continue reading: http://tuckatcop15.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/cop15-essential-beginning-or-failure-by-pat/

COP15 Grade Card: LP (Low Pass)

By Prashant Hegde

I’m going to disagree with Pat on this – the climate deal at Copenhagen wasn’t meaningful (enough). While the COP15 established the Copenhagen Accord which “is operationally immediately”, the fact that the conference hasn’t triggered anything concrete for the near future is probably a good indication of its ineffectiveness.

Although the accord targets a temperature increase of less than 2°C…

Continue reading: http://tuckatcop15.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/cop-15-grade-card-lp-by-prashant/

Key Insights and Learnings from COP15

By Professor Anant Sundaram

The bottom line? In terms of process, COP15 was a logistical and organizational disaster. It may be time for the UN to step aside so that the issue of climate change can be addressed in a quicker and more substantive manner. Policymaking should be left to a smaller group of countries, and the implementation should be left…

Continue reading: http://tuckatcop15.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/key-insights-and-learning-from-cop15-part-1-the-process-by-professor-anant-sundaram/

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