Do we need another COP? If not, then what?
The Paris Agreement obligations expire in 2024. How do we ensure that global climate action will continue and be enhanced beyond the Paris legal infrastructure? Climate change is a problem that will remain with us for many more decades. We should start negotiations on how we should proceed after the Paris Agreement has come to an end. We should set this process in motion earlier on.

Will COP26 inspire new and legally binding obligations to reduce emissions and on loss and damage resulting from climate change?
What will the consequences be if COP26 does not deliver legally binding commitments?
Would that result in future COPs with similar lengthy negotiations, or would it give rise to a new format?
How would that format best be structured given that we are facing a global climate emergency and we are at T-9 years for halving emissions?
Date: 21 October 2021, 13:30 (Thursday, 2nd week, Michaelmas 2021)
Venue: Online
Speakers: Cameron Hepburn, Dr Thomas Hale (Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford), Dr Adam Parr (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment), Dean Adil Najam (Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University), Pilita Clark (Financial Times), Dr ingrid Barnsley (OECD - OCDE)
Organising department: Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editors: Alexandra Horgan, Hannah Daley, Donna Palfreman, Chris White