Can cities deliver the results global treaties have failed to achieve? Over time, citizens and governments alike have grown more and more dissatisfied with the lack of success that global treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement have had at curbing climate change. Our cities have been spurred to develop their own climate policies. Examine recent urban initiatives such as the C40 network, as well as interesting case studies, against the background of global environmental policies. Discuss whether it‘s realistic to expect cities to deliver the results global treaties have promised.
Henrik Jacobsen, PhD Candidate, is a second-year student in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include comparative and environmental politics and public administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics and history at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and a master of philosophy in comparative government at Oxford. He has also been a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation since 2012.