17th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-17)

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Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis moderated a panel discussion at the U.S. Center in Durban. The U.S. Center brought together experts from around the world on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Conference of the Parties (COP-17), to engage in open and inclusive dialogue on issues surrounding sustainability and climate change. The U.S. Center in Durban provided a whole-of-government approach to engagements, bringing together multiple U.S. agencies under one roof, in one venue to showcase what the United States is doing on sustainability.

The panel discussion, entitled “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Local Governments Share Their Successes,” was moderated by Special Representative Lewis and focused on state and local government actions in the area of sustainability. Panelists included Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resource Board, and Thomas D. Peterson, Founder and President for the Center for Climate Strategies. Ms. Nichols and Mr. Petersen discussed how states and local authorities are confronting the issues surrounding sustainability on a practical level every day, making decisions that have a real impact on the environment and their citizens.