Diplomacy

We create and implement strategies to strengthen international climate cooperation

Forests in the Paris Agreement

The landmark Paris Climate Summit saw, without question, the strongest endorsement to date of forests in a global climate agreement. The Agreement itself is pro-forests, advocating for a goal of achieving zero net emissions through the protection and restoration of forests. But even more, it catalyzed several important announcements for increased financing for forests – and saw a convergence of intellectual analysis on the importance of forests in reducing global emissions.
Climate Advisers played a central role in key forest outcomes in Paris. We acted as an adviser to the governments of Peru, Norway, The United Kingdom, and Germany, offering support in areas such as the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Forest Day, and the milestone announcement by Norway, the UK and Germany on $5 billion for forest financing by 2020. Climate Advisers also provided on the ground coordination of high-level events in Paris including the Forest Focus Day and a high level press event with world leaders on November 30.
Climate Advisers contributed to ground-breaking analysis in the lead up to Paris through the UNEP Gap Report, New Climate Economy analysis on the forest sector, and in partnership with WWF and IUCN on countries’ national pledges in the forest sector. We also communicated key messages on forest outcomes from Paris to major media outlets around the world, including contributing to opening stories on COP21 featuring the forest sector, and throughout the conference.

A New Paradigm for Climate Agreements : Securing U.S. Participation

Nations are more likely to take action on climate change when they believe other countries will do the same.  That’s why the world needs new international climate agreements – to create transparency, ensure political accountability and spur progress.  Most nations understand, however, that the U.S. Constitution requires the approval of two-thirds of the Senate for the United States to ratify a new climate treaty.

Climate Advisers created the first legal analysis answering the riddle of how to negotiate a strong international climate agreement that did not necessitate a supermajority in the Senate.  The answer is for the United States to negotiate climate change executive agreements.

Unlike treaties, executive agreements are entered into either solely by the President based on previously delegated constitutional, treaty or statutory authority; or by the President and Congress together through the enactment of an ordinary statute.

Both U.S. and international negotiators are keeping this advice firmly in mind as they elaborate the content of new climate agreements in order to secure the widest possible participation, including from the United States.

Advising the World’s Leading Climate Institutions

Climate Advisers plays an active, ongoing role in helping the world’s most influential climate leaders develop and implement climate strategies. Our partners include national governments, international organizations, major philanthropies, think tanks and NGO advocates. These institutions turn to Climate Advisers to help make sense of evolving political and policy conditions in Washington, DC and around the world, as well as for creative political strategies, innovative policy solutions and transformative data analysis.

Recently, Climate Advisers has partnered with the governments of the United States, Japan, Norway and Denmark, as well as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the UN Secretary-General to elevate new policy ideas and promote international climate cooperation.

We have advised the boards and leadership of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, Energy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

We have strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading climate think tanks, including The Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Center for Global Development and Resources for the Future – and we frequently organize joint events and publish cobranded reports. And we have prepared original political and policy analysis for the world’s most recognized environment and development advocates, including World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam and Union of Concerned Scientists.