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Recap of Open Climate Dialogue 1: Paris Agreement

Open Climate Dialogue 1 "Paris Agreement: Global Collaboration to Contribute in an Independent Global Stock Take" focused on exploring global Radical Collaboration around climate accounting for the Paris Agreement.

High level panelists discussed the evolution of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in the coming decades, the role of Non-State Actors and explored how digital innovation and crowd open source work could contribute to independent efforts helping with the Global Stock Take, eg. the Independent Global Stock Take (iGST). The Global Stock Take is the process by which the Paris Agreement gets reviewed every 5 years starting in 2023:

Jason Anderson

Program Director, Governance & Diplomacy and Super Pollutants; ClimateWorks

Jason Anderson is Director of the Governance & Diplomacy and Super Pollutant programs at ClimateWorks Foundation. His work spans efforts ranging from implementing the Paris Agreement, to cleaning up dirty shipping and preventing methane leakage. Jason has worked in climate and clean energy for 25 years, beginning at the US Department of Energy’s office of solar energy conversion, after which he helped promote photovoltaics for rural electrification in Central America. He worked in Brussels for 15 years, at Climate Action Network Europe, the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and WWF, where he directed the EU climate and energy program. Jason was a lead author of the IPCC special reports on ozone and climate interactions, and on carbon capture and storage; he was acknowledged in 2007 for his contribution to the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize. Jason earned an MPP in public policy in 1997 and an MS in energy and resources in 1998, from U.C. Berkeley, and a degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University in 1990.

Yann Robious Du Pont, PhD

Climate Policy & Data Scientist

Yann Robiou du Pont is a research fellow in the climate data & policy sector. He lead research at IDDRI's climate team and Climate Analytics among other groups. His work focuses on enhancing the ambition of countries' climate pledges (NDCs) under the UNFCCC, informed by long-term strategies. Yann obtained his thesis "Climate justice: can we agree to disagree? Operationalising competing equity principles to mitigate global warming" from the Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with PIK in Germany. He holds a Magister in Fundamental Physics and a Master's degree in "Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate, Space Observations".

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Founding Partner at Global Optimism

Tom Rivett-Carnac is a Founding Partner of Global Optimism and works across the portfolio of engagements and initiatives. He has spent 20 years working at the intersections of international diplomacy, energy policy and climate change in business, non profit, financial services and international institutions. Prior to co-founding Global Optimism, Tom was Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary at the UN Climate Convention where he focussed on the political strategy towards achieving the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015. Before this he was President and CEO of CDP North America, an entity that utilizes the financial markets to drive greater disclosure of climate change related risks and opportunities in the operations of listed companies. Currently more than 7,000 companies report climate information to CDP, which is then reflected back to investors for use in valuation and asset allocation decisions. Tom also held other roles at CDP, including founding the Cities Program and serving as Director for the first global process to support disclosure by cities.

Earlier in his career Tom held roles at Dyson and also spent two years as a Buddhist monk. Tom has held or continues to hold Advisory positions at the Clinton Global Initiative, NY Stock Exchange, Leaders’ Quest and the Global Impact Investment Network. Tom holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Economics from the University of Bath and an MSc in Systems Science from Plymouth University. He is married with two children and lives in London.

Angel Hsu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS, UNC Chapel Hill

Angel Hsu is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College and Founder/Director of the Data-Driven EnviroPolicy Lab, an interdisciplinary research group that innovates and applies quantitative approaches to pressing environmental issues. Her research explores the intersection of science and policy and the use of data-driven approaches to understand environmental sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change and energy, urbanisation and air quality. Focusing particularly on China and the Global South, Dr. Hsu has provided expert testimony to the US-China Economic Security and Review Commission and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and a Public Intellectual Program Fellow. In addition to publishing in academic journals, Dr. Hsu has been committed to public outreach and was a TED 2018 Age of Amazement Speaker and recognized as an inaugural Grist 50 leader. She holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from Yale University.

Matthew Phillips

Team Lead, Global Climate Action at UNFCCC

Matthew Philips leads the Reporting & Tracking team at UN Climate Change, which includes coordination of the Global Climate Action portal (NAZCA) – an online tool that showcases ambition towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Previously, he conducted strategic communications and stakeholder engagement also as part of Global Climate Action. In former years Matthew has worked as an Advisor on Christiana Figueres' global campaign, Mission 2020: a collaborative challenge which seeks to unite all actors to bend emissions downward by 2020; and at UN Climate Change to support the international climate negotiations. I am also a Co-founder of Beautiful Corporations -- a sustainability engagement agency. His key area of expertise is engaging businesses, investors, and others, to demonstrate their leadership in driving the transition to a zero-carbon economy, in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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