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Global Policy Coherence Project Launched
Washington, D.C., 18 March 2009
24 March 2009
The Institute for Environmental Security, The Hague (IES) announces the launch of the Global Policy Coherence 2009 project (GPC2009). The GPC2009?s first event was held on March 18, 2009 in Washington, D.C. at Brookings, with a meeting of the project?s Expert Group.
Funded by the Dutch government, the GPC explores how the separate mandates of climate negotiators, financial institutions and trade negotiators may conflict. It then seeks to discover ways that these separate mandates can be better harmonized?to more effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The GPC is directed by Harris Gleckman, Project Manager and IES New York Representative. ?We will shortly be publishing a ?hit list? of ten ways in which greater coherence could be brought to the resolution of the parallel negotiations on climate, trade and financial governance,? said Gleckman.
The GPC will seek to identify examples of lack of policy coherence that might endanger the successful outcome of the climate change negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in Copenhagen at the end of this year. Its Expert Group, drawn from the climate, trade and finance communities, will make recommendations on improvements in governance by October, 2009. They will be visiting the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations, the G-20 Secretariat, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Climate Secretariat in Bonn between now and July. At each meeting the Expert Group will be looking to integrate the views of the different negotiators.