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COP26 and the Future of Climate Diplomacy
November 18

COP26 and the Future of Climate Diplomacy

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11:00 am - 11:45 am. Time zone: America/New_York

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The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) recently concluded and we are now left to assess the commitments and pledges made and whether they will be sufficient to address the most deleterious effects of climate change. What was agreed to and what are the gaps? How will the international community ensure commitments are met? After Glasgow, what are the next steps in climate diplomacy?

Join the American Security Project for an on-the-record conversation on Thursday, November 18 where we will discuss the urgency of the climate crisis, the commitments made at COP26, and the future of climate diplomacy. Our guest speakers include Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow in the Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program at the Wilson Center; Scott Moore, Director of the China Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania; and Robert Orr, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and former Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change.


About the Speakers

Sherri Goodman serves as a Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute. Goodman is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic. A former first deputy undersecretary of defense (environmental security) and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security, and public policy.



Scott Moore

is the Director of China Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Dr. Moore works with faculty members from across the University to design, implement, and highlight innovative, high-impact global research initiatives in areas including sustainability and emerging technology. Dr. Moore directs Penn Global’s four research and engagement fund programs, including those designed to support faculty-led projects in China, India, and Africa. Dr. Moore is a political scientist whose interests center on environmental sustainability, technology, and international relations. Prior to Penn, Dr. Moore was a Young Professional and Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank Group, and Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Robert Orr serves as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Orr served as the Assistant Secretary-General for strategic planning in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General from 2004 to 2014, and was the principal advisor to the Secretary-General on counter-terrorism, peace building, women’s and children’s health, sustainable energy, food and nutrition, institutional innovation, public-private partnership and climate change.