Lau Blaxekjær, University of the Faroe Islands

How small islands made COP21 a success – lessons to be learned for the Faroes

Lau Blaxekjær, who has participated in the UN climate negotiations for five years, will speak about how the global leadership of a small island state made COP21 succesful. The Marshall Islands, together with for example Norway and Sweden, was pivotal both in front and behind the scenes in Paris in establishing new diplomatic alliances that made the Paris Agreement a reality. This presentation reminds the audience that being small and vulnerable – but also dedicated, innovative, and resourceful – is sometimes better than being big and powerful. What will it take for a country like the Faroe Islands to become a global climate action leader?

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