An insider perspective on the Paris Agreement: what does it deliver for vulnerable countries?
Damon Jones was at the epi-centre of the Paris climate negotiations last year and will provide unique insights into what happened behind the scenes and how the agreement was reached. He will focus in particular on what the Paris Agreement delivers for vulnerable countries. What are its strengths, challenges and next steps? What political, legal and implementation issues are in the spotlight for 2016?
Damon Jones is the Head of Climate Diplomacy at Climate Analytics and is based in Cologne, Germany. He has over 20 years of experience working as a climate and environmental lawyer for international, government and private sector organisations.
Damon’s responsibilities at Climate Analytics include leading negotiation support and advisory activities to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) under the UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other international climate fora. He was at the heart of the Paris climate negotiations in 2015, including as an advisor to Minister James Fletcher of Saint Lucia in his role as co-facilitator on the ambition elements of the Paris Agreement. Over the last four years, Damon has supported vulnerable countries in the development and negotiation of the implementation guidelines under the Paris rule-book.
Prior to his time at Climate Analytics, Damon worked in government and the private sector in Australia and the United Kingdom, advising on and developing policy and legislation for various environmental, sustainability and climate issues at the domestic and multilateral level. He holds a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney and regularly writes, presents and teaches on climate topics. For the last five years, Damon has taught international climate change law to International Environmental Law and Comparative Environmental Law students in the International Master of Environmental Sciences (IMES) programme at the University of Cologne, Germany.