2007 GLOBE Washington DC Legislators Forum

2007-Washington-Forum 

The GLOBE Washington Legislators Forum on Climate Change and Energy Security convened senior international legislators from across the G-8 and key emerging economies (China, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil) in the US Congress on 14 –15th February 2007. The legislators were joined by some of the world's key business leaders, international development institutions, as well as global civil society organizations. Key Democratic and Republican US Senators participated over the two days. The Forum negotiated a consensus statement to be presented to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who held the G-8 Presidency at that time. The event featured US Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Craig, Lieberman, and McCain, among others. Other keynote speakers included Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (by video); Sir Nicholas Stern, from the UK Treasury; Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank; and Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

Agenda

The first day of the Forum opened with statements from US Participants & German G8 Presidency. The next session dealt with the economics of climate change, with keynote address from Lord Stern. The last session was the Corporate Leaders Panel, with discussion from CEOs of Virgin, BP, Duke Energy, Tata Steel, and JP Morgan.

The second day opened with a series of discussions on different approaches to technology transfer and international agreements, before delegates went on to consider the road to a post-2012 framework. The later half of the day saw presentations on three GLOBE working group papers: 1) Market Mechanisms & Technology Transfer Dialogue, 2) Adaptation, and 3) Efficiency.

Outcomes

The main outcome of the Washington Legislator's Forum was a statement agreed by legislators to be resented to the presidency of the G8. The statement recognised the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on 2 February 2007, concluding that it is more than 90 per cent certain that human activities have warmed the planet. It also acknowledged that the cost of inaction would be greater than the cost of inaction and that there are obligations on all delegates to take action so as to increase energy security, to improve air quality and to support biodiversity. The statement emphasised the importance of technology & innovation and energy efficiency in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.