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Annual Conference: Climate Change & High Politics

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The International Relations Society is proud to announce its annual conference, this year on “Climate Change and High Politics.” This conference will focus on unpacking the multidimensional issue of climate change, bringing together some of the nation’s premier scholars to provide insight into this complex issue. Dividing the conference into three panels, our speakers will be asked to address the following topics:

1. The Global Governance of Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future

  • What is the plausibility of COP21 actually being implemented?

  • What should Canada’s role be in the next 10 years?

  • Can states compete with China’s level of progress in enacting climate change policy?

2. Economic Growth and Sustainable Environmental Policy: Compatible or Not?

  • Will ecosystem services become more integrated in economic calculations?

  • Is sustainability achievable within an economic framework where environmental externalities remain unaccounted for?

  • How will climate change affect the availability and pricing of products of agriculture amidst increasing global demand? 

3. Climate Change’s Threat to Human Security

  • What are some of the consequences for human societies in the face of climate change?

  • Can current international standards of aid and legal systems adequately support massive displacements of persons expected due to climate change?

  • How will fundamental human rights potentially be affected by climate change and the destruction of the environment?

The conference will be held from 10:00am-4:30pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global Affairs at 1 Devonshire Place. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Spots are limited, so please register to confirm yours. We look forward to seeing you there!