Accountability in the Paris Agreement: The Role of Transparency and Compliance at COP26

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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This coming November, the UN Climate Summit (COP 26) will direct the eyes of the world towards Glasgow. After the formal climate negotiations have been on hiatus because of the global pandemic, the stakes of this important meeting could not be higher. Issues of accountability, transparency, and compliance will be central on the negotiating agenda as the international community gauges progress towards the overarching objectives of the Paris Agreement. 

How can we know whether countries are meeting their climate pledges? What remedies are available if countries fail to achieve their pledges, or simply lack the necessary resources? And what is the role of these matters in the upcoming negotiations during COP26? For its 5th Biennial Guest Lecture, the Strathclyde Center for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) has invited leading experts to address these questions as part of Engage with Strathclyde.

Prof. Christina Voigt of the University of Oslo, a leading expert on international climate change law and Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement’s Implementation and Compliance Committee, will deliver a keynote presentation to introduce the topic and share insights from her work. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Keith Bell of the University of Strathclyde, a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, Gerard Howe, the COP26 and International Climate lead in the Scottish Government, and Prof. Jimena Nieto Carrasco of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, a member of several international compliance committees.

Read our speaker biographies in our further information section.

Please join this distinguished group of experts for a timely discussion about COP26 and the importance of accountability and transparency in international climate cooperation.

Who should attend?

Everyone with an interest in climate change law and policy and COP26, including: researchers and academics; decision makers in the public and private sector; representatives of civil society organisations; and the general public.

Benefits of attending

This event will offer a unique opportunity to gather first-hand insights into the status and key topics on the negotiating agenda of COP26 – transparency and accountability – with one of the negotiators of the Paris Agreement who now co-chairs the UN committee charged with overseeing implementation of the international climate regime.



Dr Francesco Sindico
Director, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) Reader, School of Law
Prof Michael Mehling
Professor of Practice, School of Law Member, SCELG Deputy Director, MIT CEEPR

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