Western professor to provide detailed ‘insider’s account’ of UN Climate Change Conference

As the world watched events of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) unfold, Western University’s Radoslav Dimitrov seized a front row seat to the proceedings, representing the Republic of Bulgaria and serving the European Union as a delegate and part of its active negotiating team.

A professor in Western’s Department of Political Science, Dimitrov will provide a detailed insider’s account of COP21 at a special event later today (Wednesday, Dec. 16), hosted by The Centre for Environment & Sustainability at Western.

The Paris Climate Conference: Behind Closed Doors, which begins at 1 p.m. in Room 114, North Campus Building, will clarify the political dynamics in Paris; the positions and maneuvers of key players such as China, the European Union, India and the United States; and the contributions Canada made to the negotiations.

The outcome of the conference and the significance of the Paris agreement for global climate governance, will also be analyzed.

Having participated in UN climate change negotiations since 2004, Dimitrov is a consultant on climate diplomacy for the World Business Council and specializes in global environmental politics, international climate change negotiations and UN diplomacy.

His award-winning research introduced the concept of ‘non-regimes’ to the field of global governance, through studies on coral reefs policy and global forest negotiations.

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