What are NDCs?
What is the Global Environment Facility, what is its mandate (what type of programs and projects is it funding), who are its partner organizations?
Approximately how much money is the GEF disbursing a year?
What principles guide its funding decisions?
What is the crisis triggered by the Trump administration in the WTO about?
Big picture conclusions from the global assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (IPBES) and IPCC climate reports. Rio Conference of 1992, key issues addressed in the Rio Principles that remain important. Current level of CO2 concentration in the Earth atmosphere, recent global warming observations, equity dimensions in international climate politics (slides and my article). How binding is the Paris Agreement, what do countries commit to do (and what is missing)?
Readings, big picture arguments and key supportive illustrations or examples: Gutner (on IMF); Blinder (trade), Gutner (on WTO); Chasek et al., focus on UNEP (IOs and environment), Clémençon (Paris); Olson & Mc Cormick (European Commission, focus on chapter 5, pages 95 – 112), Matthijs (Fix the EU). NOTE: No questions will be drawn from readings or material not explicitly mentioned here.