Lessons from COP 21 for Global Governance



Review (french)


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Académie Diplomatique Internationale are organizing an international colloquium on December 12 and 13, 2016 on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

This colloquium will convene key actors  involved in the climate negotiations including ministers and high functionaries such as corporate leaders and representatives from civil society and experts on questions dealing with global governance. The objectives are three-fold: determine which lessons contributed to the success of COP21; identify those sectors of global governance in which these lessons could be applicable; and examine how international actions must be adapted to the new norms which have arisen since then, notably as a result of national choices.



December 12th 2016 : Review of COP21


Oppenning of the Colloquium by Mr Hubert VEDRINE, former Minister of Foreign Affairs

(Progress since the historic Paris Agreement; shocks that have occurred over the past year affecting global governance: British referendum, uncertainties over free trade agreements, election of an American president whose campaign rhetoric involved a challenge to the Paris Agreement)


Plenary session :  Keys to success - Opposing perspectives


The process of COP21 involved very extensive involvement of non-state actors as well as States. What were the "keys to success" of the Paris summit? Are these "keys to success" an asset for the sustainability of commitments made at COP21?

Moderator : Michael Stothard, Paris Correspondent at Financial Times

Speakers :

          Ms Christiane FIGUERES, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

-           Ms Laurence TUBIANA, French ambassador responsible for international climate negotiations

-           Ms Hakima EL HAITE, Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment to the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment of Morocco






Workshop « Negotiations »

What assessments can one make regarding the methods used for and during COP21, particularly in regard to the following criteria: inclusiveness, direction given by the parties, transparency? How can this method be validated within a new context?

Moderator: Mr Aurélien COLSON, Director, Director of the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation (IRENE) at ESSEC Business School


Speakers :

  -           Mr  René ORELLANA, Bolivian Minister of Development Planning, facilitator at COP21

  -           Mr PULGAR-VIDAL, former Minister of Environment of Peru and President of COP 20 ; Vice President, WWF International

  -           Ms Patricia ESPINOSA, Executive Director of CCNUCC

  -           Mr Maesela KEKANA , South African Minister of Environment



Workshop « The role of the economic world »

COP 21 was characterized by positive interactions between governments and the private sector. To what extent can the commitment of the economic world contribute to the resilience and implementation of the Paris Agreement?

Moderator : Mr Pascal CANFIN, Director General of WWF France


Speakers :

   -          Mr Nigel TOPPING, We Mean Business

   -          Mr Albert ASSERAF, Director of Strategy, JC Decaux

   -          Mr Frédéric SAMAMA, Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients - Amundi

   -          Mr Edward ARKWRIGHT, Deputy CEO - Development, Engineering and Transformation

   -          Mr Jean-Louis CHAUSSADE, CEO of Suez Environment



Workshop « Engagement »

To what extent have the innovations brought about by the Paris Agreement made it possible to launch national debates on the decarbonisation of economies and to unblock negotiations? Why have parties to a legally binding agreement accepted this compromise? What lessons can be learned to ensure the sustainability of the commitments under the Paris agreement?

Moderator : Ms Laurence TUBIANA, French Ambassador responsible for international climate negotiations and representative of the French COP Presidency until COP22


Speakers :

 -            Mr Todd STERN, former United States Special Envoy for Climate Change

 -            Ms Claude NAHON, Director of Sustainable Development and Environment; The EDF Group

 -            Mr Siddharth PATHAK, Member of CAN International

 -            Ms Claudia SALERNO, Ambassador of Venezuela to the European Union, former           Minister responsible for climate



Workshop « The role of  non-governmental actors »

What was the role of  NGOs, syndicates, academics, and those from cities and other non-state actors in the success of the climate negotiations ?  How can the “grand coalition” built around the Paris commitments contribute to the resilience and implementation of the Agreement?

Moderator: Ms Christiana FIGUERES, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


Speakers :

  -            Ms Mary ROBINSON, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate

  -            Mr Laurent BIGORGNE, Director of Institut Montaigne

  -            Mr Mark WATTS, Executive Director, C40           

  -            Ms Teresa RIBERA, Director of IDDRI

  -            Mr Ronan DANTEC, Senator




December 13th 2016 : How can momentum favoring renewed global governance be maintained?


Introduction by Mr Michel DUCLOS, Director of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale

Brief review of the principal issues discussed during the previous day’s debates.




First part – New Challenges


Which significant trends can be identified that are playing against - or conversely in favor of - new advances in global governance?

Moderator: Mr Pascal LAMY, Former Director General of the WTO


Speakers :

    -         Ms Céline CHARVERIAT, International Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Oxfam

    -         Mr David SHARK, Deputy Director General of the WTO

    -         Mr Patrick KLUGMAN, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of International Relations and La Francophonie

    -         Ms Louise METIVIER, ‎Assistant Deputy Minister, International Affairs Branch and Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, Environment Canada. -               ‎Environment and Climate Change Canada


Second part - Milestones for the Future


How can  we maintain a positive dynamic in favor of global governance in the face of new challenges? On what subjects and in what context can we imagine new advances?

Moderator : Mr Christian MASSET, Secretary General, Quai d’Orsay


Speakers :

 -             Mr Jeffrey SACHS, Columbia University, New York

 -             Mr Martin WOLF, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

 -             Ms Monique BARBUT, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

 -             Mr Lars RONNAS, Ambassador



Address by Mr Jean-Marc AYRAULT, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development