The Lima Call for Climate Action

Date & time

2–3.30am 30 January 2015


Fellows Road Theatre 1 (formerly Sparke Helmore Theatre), ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University, Canberra


Marcus Priest

Speaker: Marcus Priest

Friday, 30 January 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Fellows Road Law Theatre 1 (formerly known as Sparke Helmore Theatre), ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University

This seminar is part of the Clean Tech Law Seminar Series 2015 (ANU College of Law)


The Abbott Government will face increased international scrutiny over its commitment to tackling climate change in the lead up to the next United Nations meeting in Paris in 2015. This scrutiny is likely to influence the way the Government implements its Direct Action policy and its proposal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. That is the key takeout from the Lima conference of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. However, the final outcome of Lima was messy and less than hoped for. This was especially so given the landmark announcement by China and the United States in the lead up to Lima of an agreement to cut or cap carbon emissions after 2020. Despite the high hopes it soon became clear in Lima that one of the key dynamics of climate change negotiations over the last 20 years – the division between developing and developed countries – was again the major sticking points in the talks. This issue now looms large for next year’s meeting in Paris and will need to be resolved if there is to be any prospect of a meaningful post-2020 agreement.


Marcus Priest is a lawyer in the Canberra office of Sparke Helmore in its Government public law litigation practice. Prior to that, he worked as a senior political journalist at the Australian Financial Review in Canberra and last year won the media award at Clean Energy Week. He now writes for a number of publications including the AFR, The Age, Climate Spectator, Crikey and ABC’s Drum website. He has also been a senior advisor to Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

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