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Session 19
Climate Security: Going Carbon Neutral Now

October 20 14:30 – 15:45

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

The defining challenge of the day is climate change. Without actions to limit global temperature rise to a maximum of 2oC above pre-industrial levels, the climate system risks severe disruptions that may bring about disastrous consequences inter alia to economic development, food security, biodiversity, sea level rise, with the latter in particular endangering the survival of small island developing states. And these together could exacerbate geopolitical and global security tensions and challenges.

As the climate crisis looms larger, countries are taking actions and taking up responsibilities. Many countries and non-state actors have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050. China has announced its carbon-neutral goal by 2060. The USA has come back to the multilateral process to address the climate crisis. Global climate response is seeing some encouraging signs of hope.

To what extent are technologies ready for carbon emission reduction and carbon removal? Which technologies are the most promising? How will the carbon-neutral efforts impact the world economy? How will the governance gaps be met? Which new business opportunities will it generate?

Can the carbon-neutral efforts be available at scale and in time to avert or limit temperature overshoot? If not, how and when should additional approaches be considered to maintain global temperature goals? How to weigh the associated risks of these additional approaches against the risks of inaction in a warming climate? What would be the responsibilities of government, business and individuals at national and international levels?


Janos PASZTOR, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)


Andrew FORREST, Member, Council of Advisors of Boao Forum for Asia; Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group

Laurence TUBIANA, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors, French Development Agency

Izabella TEIXEIRA, Co-chair, International Resource Panel; Former Minister, Ministry of Environment of Brazil

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