February 23, 2022

Paris, Glasgow: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward on the US International Climate Agenda

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Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment








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About This Event

Alan Yu will discuss the major outcomes of COP26 -- the advances made and challenges that remain, and the Biden Administration's strategy in 2022 and over the medium term to drive global climate action in the decisive decade of the 2020s. Which will be the key countries where Washington will seek stronger and faster action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what is the plan? How will the United States help the most vulnerable countries adapt to the increasingly grave impacts from the climate crisis? And how will we pay for it?

About the speaker: Alan Yu is a senior advisor for U.S. Special Presidential Advisor for Climate John Kerry, focusing on U.S. climate policy strategy with countries in the Indo-Pacific region. From 2019-21 he was a senior fellow and the director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where he led CAP’s work to advance a progressive agenda to restore U.S. climate change diplomatic leadership in driving global climate action. From 2014-18, Alan served as the Department of Energy’s Director for Asian Affairs, where he coordinated the efforts and resources of the full range of DOE's senior leadership, technical offices and national labs to assure a unified strategy in U.S. energy policy and technical engagement with countries in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. Prior to DOE, Alan served for 25 years as a U.S. diplomat at the State Department, with postings in Washington, China, Japan and Afghanistan. Alan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.