The goal of the workshop is to discuss the political challenges and opportunities for extending and implementing the Paris Agreement. As we approach the first opportunity for the submission of enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to reach the goals set out by the Paris Agreement, a combination of domestic political challenges, as well geopolitical pressures and constraints, will impact the decision-making process of signatory countries.
The workshop will be structured as a moderated round-table discussion, with brief presentations in each session to provoke discussion among a group of respected experts. Discussions will focus on the domestic decision-making processes, and the politics of implementation, for each of the top five emitters: China, the United States, the European Union, India, and Russia. The objective is to consider how domestic and geopolitical pressures may hinder iterative enhancement of efforts under the Paris Agreement.
As part of the workshop, KAPSARC will present initial results from a research project that applies the KAPSARC Toolkit for Behavioral Analysis (KTAB) to the domestic political situation regarding the enhancement and implementation of NDCs for each of the top five emitters, as well as a worldwide geopolitical focus.