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Pacific Climate Seminar Series: An Outside-the-Box Approach to Climate Change Negotiations – April 28, 2010

DATE:          Wednesday, April 28, 2010
TIME:          3:30 – 4:30 pm
PLACE:        Social Sciences and Mathematics Bldg. Room A120, University of Victoria
SPEAKER:   Dr. Barry Carin, Associate Director, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
TITLE:          An Outside-the-Box Approach to Climate Change Negotiations

Abstract:

There is little hope of an early agreement on binding emission targets or large financial transfers from developed countries. The UNFCCC consensus rule is a recipe for paralysis. On the other hand, a small group of powerful, high-emitting countries could among themselves agree and move forward.  A “Grand Bargain” could establish an Energy Security Compact, organize a royalty-free multi-billion dollar global R&D collaborative, and set up future GHG-related product and process standards on traded goods, among other elements. The G20 presidency could devise the parameters for a package deal that is in the selfish national interest of both China and the U.S., enroll them, and then the G20 could bless the package -it could then be brought to the United Nations.

Biography:

Dr. Barry Carin was High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore between 1996 and 2000. Prior to that he was Assistant Deputy Minister Trade and Economic Policy with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where his responsibilities included Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa for four G7 Summits and leader of the branch responsible for the conduct of international trade and investments negotiations, including disputes settlement. He was also the Canadian representative on the Executive Committee of the OECD. Barry Carin holds a Ph.D in Economics from Brown University and an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University.

All seminars will be available via live webcast at http://www.pics.uvic.ca/broadcast.php. The presenter’s slides will be available online just before the seminar.

Please feel free to stay for coffee and cookies after the seminar.

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