Past Seminar

Looking Ahead toward Paris: International Perspectives on National Commitments

Apr 21, 2015

About the Event

A policy dialogue hosted via a partnership among the Embassy of Sweden, Resources for the Future, and Mistra Indigo

Later this year, the world will focus its attention on Paris for the 2015 United National Climate Change Conference. In the meantime, countries are determining how they can mitigate the effects of climate change in their own jurisdictions, and how these actions can be used to demonstrate their commitment to a new climate agreement in Paris.

The three largest economies in the world—the European Union, the United States, and China—are likely to identify very different national policies and develop commitments that vary in stringency. What might these commitments signal, both at home and abroad? This policy dialogue examined these issues and featured comments from experts who play key roles in crafting an international agreement that can be signed in Paris.

Welcome and Introduction

Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden

Policy Dialogue Chairman

Lars-Erik Liljelund, Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute


Anna Lindstedt, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Sweden Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of International Climate and Strategy, European Commission Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; former Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment


Inge Horkeby, Director of Environmental Affairs, Volvo AB Nigel Purvis, President, Climate Advisers Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future



  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF