A conference co-organized by the Global Challenges Foundation and IDDRI, at Sciences Po (Room Caquot) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

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Cooperation on climate or financial regulation will be difficult without American actors, whether public or private, local or federal, who clearly play a key role given the influence of the US financial sector in the international financial system. The withdrawal of the US federal government from some of the major forms of multilateral coordination only reinforces the need to identify new global governance modalities relevant to addressing these systemic risks. However, while it is often judged to be insufficiently effective, the multilateral system remains the least inequitable framework for discussion between States, compared to more restrictive forums such as the G20. The Paris Agreement on climate thus invented a complementarity between an intergovernmental multilateral formalism and joint multi-stakeholder initiatives, which constitutes one of the strongest foundations of its political resilience.

However, many questions remain unanswered: what are the innovative options in terms of global governance that could deal with the systemic risks and unprecedented challenges facing our societies? What are the most resilient modes of governance to cope with political shocks? For which systemic risks is the coordination of actors—governmental and non-governmental—essential? What are the new challenges raised in particular by the change in the US position in multilateral negotiations?

Focusing on climate or financial regulation issues, this conference aims to provide elements of analysis and answers to these questions, with the aim of identifying innovative paths for global governance.

With the support of the GCF, IDDRI brings together actors involved in climate action or in the financial and risk management sector, and in the international coordination of these sectors, to debate these issues.


  • François Gemenne, Executive Director “Politics of the Earth”, Sciences-Po-Medialab
  • Malini Mehra, Chief Executive of GLOBE International, Ambassador of the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape
  • Damien Navizet, Head of Climate Division, Agence française de développement (AFD)
  • Laurence Pessez, Global Head of CSR, BNP Paribas Group
  • Teresa Ribera, Director, IDDRI 

Based in Sweden, the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) aims to provide a better understanding of the world’s most significant risks to humanity and to identify new ways of addressing these challenges. In November 2016, the GCF launched the Global Challenges Prize: a call for ideas, offering awards to the best ideas on models of global cooperation for dealing with systemic risks.