GLOBE UK 2015 Parliamentary Dialogue Series launch on 19 January with meeting on UNFCCC with Peter Betts, UK lead negotiator

Series of dialogues to be hosted by the APPG GLOBE UK in the Houses of Parliament

GLOBE International in partnership with APPG GLOBE UK will launch its 2015 programme of parliamentary lectures on Monday 19 January in the House of Commons.

The GLOBE UK 2015 Parliamentary Dialogue Series will bring cutting-edge perspectives from high-level international and domestic speakers from a range of sectors. The objective is to inform the parliamentary debate on climate change, disaster risk management and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda in a crucial year for international decision-making on these issues.

Each dialogue will feature a keynote speaker and will be chaired by a member of GLOBE UK. Participation will be open to members from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and guests.

The first dialogue of the series “THE ROAD FROM LIMA TO PARIS 2015: Understanding the UNFCCC climate change negotiations and the UK position” will take place on Monday 19 January with Mr Peter Betts, UK lead negotiator and Director for International Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.


Peter BettsPeter Betts has been the Director of International Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since 2008. He has overall responsibility for UK strategy on international climate policy, including the international negotiations, on which he is also Lead Negotiator for the EU. He is SRO for around $2 billion of UK climate finance.

Mr Betts has a long background in environmental issues: between 1994 and 1998 he was first secretary for environment at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, negotiating environmental legislation. Between 1998 and 2001 he was head of UK negotiations and domestic policy on climate change in the Dept of Environment, Transport and the Regions. Between 2001 and 2004 he was at HM Treasury where he was head of social security spending and then of pensions and savings policy.

From 2004 to 2005 he was Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister. In 2005 he became the Director of Regional Economic Policy at the Department of Communities and Local Government and from 2006 – 2008 he was Director of Fire and Civil Resilience in the same department. He began his current post in April 2008.


The GLOBE 2015 Parliamentary Dialogues are invitation-only events and require confirmed registration for attendance. Invitations are not transferable. For further information, or to register, kindly contact: secretariat@globelegislators.org


The second dialogue will be held on the 2nd February and will be chaired by GLOBE UK member and former UK Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott. It will feature a presentation on "Burning fossil fuel: when when and how much can we burn and stay within the 2C safe climate limit" by Professor Paul Ekins OBE, Director of the Professor of UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

For more information about future events, please sign-up to the GLOBE International newsletter here.


GLOBE is a unique global network of parliamentarians committed to translating environmental policy into national legislative action. Its mission is to advance national legislation and improve democratic governance through parliamentary oversight of governments and budgetary processes. The All Party Group GLOBE UK aims at enabling the participation of UK parliamentarians in this global network and has served as the UK chapter since 2005.

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