Post-COP21: Coming Together to Mitigate Global Warming, December 15, 2015 [fr]
On the 15th of December 2015, four days after the conclusion of the Paris climate conference (COP21), the Asia Society Hong Kong Center hosts a COP21 report co-presented with the Consulate general of France in Hong Kong & Macau, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, RECAP Hong Kong and the Hong Kong-America Center.
During this event, renown speakers – including Mr. Eric Berti, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and Mrs. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong, would present the main results of the past COP21.
A crucial climate change summit - knows as COP21 - is held in Paris from November 30, to December 11, 2015. It aims to strike a new deal on global warming. The talks are expected to lead to with a historic agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the planet from catastrophic overheating.
More than 140 heads of state and government are due to attend the start of the talks - the result of five years of intense negotiation aimed at healing profound differences between developed and developing countries in addressing the threat of global warming.
Without a Paris agreement, global warming is set to reach as much as five degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, while scientists estimate that warming above two degrees centigrade will result in catastrophic and irreversible changes to the weather, including droughts, floods, heatwaves, fiercer storms and sea level rises.
With the summit due to conclude on December 11, on December 15, Asia Society Hong Kong Center welcomes representatives from Europe, the United States and Hong Kong to discuss what has been achieved from COP 21 and how countries can collaborate.
THIS EVENT IS OPENED TO ALL.
Date: 15 December 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Fees: HK$200 Asia Society members & Friends of HK-America Center/ French Consulate/ Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Eric Berti is Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. Prior to this, he was the Consul General of France in Sydney, Australia and Head of Internal Legal Affairs Service at the French Foreign Ministry. Previous postings include the embassies in India, Turkey, Pakistan and Vietnam. He received a master’s degree in law from the University of Paris.
Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff is Consul General of Germany in Hong Kong and Macau. He was previously Ambassador and Special Envoy for Southeast Europe, Turkey and the EFTA States and Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Head of Division for Public Diplomacy in Europe, North America and the former Soviet Union. He received a master’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Hamburg.
Christine Loh is Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the government, she was Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit policy think tank, Civic Exchange. Dr. Loh was a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, straddling the transition years from British to Chinese rule and founder of several NGOs in Hong Kong.
Frederic Maerkle served as Counselor for Environment, Science, Technology and Health at the US Embassy in Paris until his 2011 retirement. He was US Consul General in Osaka, Japan, where he supported the 1997 Kyoto Protocol negotiations, working with former Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Maerkle was a Division Chief in the Department of State’s Economics Bureau, and participated in several international committees concerning climate change.
Vincent Piket is Head of Office of the European Union (EU) in Hong Kong and Macau. He was EU Ambassador to Malaysia and Head of Unit for Regional Cooperation for Asia and Central Asia at the European Commission. Mr. Piket previously worked at the Netherlands Organisation of International Cooperation in Higher Education. He holds a doctoral degree in arts from the University of Nijmegen in Netherlands.
Tim Summers is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Asia Programme at Chatham House and also teaches at the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He also consults commercially on China. Prior to this, Mr. Summers was the British Consul-General in Chongqing, China. He holds a PhD in Chinese studies from CUHK and an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge. (Moderator)
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