Fostering multi-level governance in the climate change regime

5 October 2016


In collaboration with the University of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, CSaP is organising a Policy Workshop which will bring together academic experts with policy makers who are implementing the Paris commitments at local levels.


The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 marked a turning point in climate negotiations. However, if it provides a broad international framework for further climate action from 2020 onwards, its success will be measured only in light of its concrete implementation on the ground. Given the decentralised (or bottom up) approach of the post-2020 framework, the successful implementation of the Paris agreement will largely rely on soft modes of coordination between states. In addition, efforts at different levels of governance – international, regional, national and local – are required to turn words into deeds.

Purpose of the workshop

The aim of the workshop is to foster a productive dialogue between the analyses produced in universities and the insights of policy makers, in order to open a debate about what the Paris Agreement implies for the multi-level governance of climate change. The workshop will address three sets of issues:

  1. The development of synergies between different levels of governance to meet commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  2. The division of responsibilities between international, national and local levels of governance; and
  3. The role of democracy and public participation in meeting the Paris commitments.

You can read the report from this event here.

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This is an invitation-only workshop. For more information, please contact Jackie Ouchikh.

Abhik Sen

United Nations

Glenn Woodcock

Oxygen House