International Conference on Climate Policy After Marrakech: Toward Global Participation - A Conference Summary

by ZhongXiang Zhang

Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: paper
Pages: 86
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The Kyoto Protocol, as detailed in the Marrakech Accords, has now been rendered fit for ratification. In anticipation of the Protocol's entry into force, attention has focused on how Annex I countries can put a package of climate policies in place to meet their emissions targets. In the meantime, discussions of what comes next are expected to gain increasing legitimacy, given that the Kyoto targets are only the first step toward addressing the long-term global climate issue.

Against this background, the East-West Center organized the international conference on "Climate Policy After Marrakech: Towards Global Participation" in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 4-6, 2003. Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Hsinchu, Taiwan), and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Kanagawa, Japan), this major event brought together senior technical bureaucrats, well-respected policy analysts, and experienced practitioners to 1) share their views on recent developments in climate policies and initiatives around the globe; 2) advance our understanding of the actions and policy frameworks that can contribute to compliance with Kyoto emissions targets; and 3) discuss the paths forward to a global regime of wider participation and deeper greenhouse emissions cuts. All materials received from the speakers are posted at the conference website at:

Presentations and discussions are organized under the following six session headings:

  • Session I: Climate Change in Focus-From Science to Policy

  • Session II: U.S. Climate Policy and Perspectives

  • Session III: European Union Climate Policy and Perspectives

  • Session IV: Challenges for other Major Industrialized Countries

  • Session V: Issues Related to Developing Countries

  • Session VI: Panel Discussions: Where Do We Go from Here?

This conference report provides a summary of each presentation and a comprehensive account of 7-hour discussions.