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Post-COP23 Hong Kong Forum

6th December 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


The 2015 Paris Agreement has been signed by all 197 Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change and ratified by 170 of them. It came into effect on 4 November 2016 and applies from 2020. Only the USA has announced its intention to withdraw.

The Paris Agreement is a high-level framework with constructive ambiguity on some issues. This year’s Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under Fiji’s leadership continued the task of deconstructing the ambiguities to provide a clear rulebook for its implementation. The formal rulebook negotiations were supported by many side events and new papers on important issues.


  • Has the Paris Agreement passed the “Trump test”?
  • The gap between commitments to reduce carbon emissions and what science says is needed.
  • Preparing for the 2018 Global Stock-take. This will consider the IPCC’s forthcoming report on how the temperature increase might be held to 1.5o
  • Progress on writing the Paris rulebook.
  • What can be done to decarbonize electricity production and reduce energy used in property.
  • How to finance the investment needed to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
  • China’s action including plans for a national carbon trading scheme.
  • Adaptation to climate change and calls for action on Loss & Damage. How can insurance improve resilience?
  • How will Hong Kong’s be affected?

This forum is co-organised by HKUST’s Institute for the Environment, Civic Exchange, and the Business Environment Council (BEC). Media are welcome, and sessions may be recorded. Coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m. and talks will begin at 9 a.m.

Online registration is required at the below link.


6th December 2017
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


HKUST Business School Central
15/F, Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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