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All eyes on Paris: Countdown to COP21

Leading up to the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, The European Parliament's Office in Denmark joined up with the French Embassy in Copenhagen and New Europe (Nyt Europa) in hosting an event to highlight the critical issues at stake.

At this event we discussed what will be at stake at the Paris summit.
The French Ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray and Mercan-Ellen Nielsen, Danish lead negotiator introduced the event with an outline of the issues at stake.
The scientific point of view was presented by our key note speaker, Dr. Jean Jouzel, Vice President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Jouzel is a prominent French climatologist and glaciologist, renowned for his research on paleoclimatology and Greenland.
His intervention was put into perspective by a highly qualified panel:

Bjørn Bedsted from the Danish Board of Technology foundation.
Martin Lidegaard; MP and former Minister of Climate and Energy as well as Foreign Affairs.
Steen Gade; Chariman of Nyt Euruopa, former MP and former Director of the Danish Environment Agency.

15:00: Registration and light refreshments
15:15: Welcome and introduction - Anne Mette Vestergaard, Head of Office, European Parliament in Denmark

- François Zimeray - French Ambassador to Denmark - French perspective two weeks ahead of COP21
- Mercan-Ellen Nielsen - Danish Lead Negotiator - Political issues & status of the negotiation
- Key note speech: Dr. Jean Jouzel (IPCC) - Climate change and urgency to take action
- Discussants: Martin Lidegaard, Steen Gade and Bjørn Bedsted

16.30: Panel debate with Dr. Jean Jouzel, Martin Lidegaard, Steen Gade and Bjørn Bedsted
17:00: Closing remarks

Location: Europe-House, Gothersgade 115, Copenhagen

Date: 16. November

Time: 15:00 - 17:00

Free entrance

Please note that the closest bicycle parking facility is at Nørreport St. and Rosenborggade and the closest parking building is at Israels Plads.

For questions about the event please contact Sólveig Skaftadóttir + 45 33414039

Join the discussion on social media with the hashtags #dkgreen and #COP21

Read more about the event here

The French Embassy published an article about the event, you can read it here

"It can be legally binding, but it is more important that it is ambitious." Dr. Jean Jouzel said in an interview on DR2 Dagen 17. november 2015. Click here to see it (starts at 52:10)


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