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The Ireland India Institute at Dublin City University hosted a major international conference to discuss how to deepen collaboration on climate change between the EU and India. The conference was addressed by high level officials from India and the EU, including:

  • Jayant Mauskar, a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change
  • Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor for international climate policy at the European Commission

The conference took place on the eve of the G7 summit in Italy, the first such gathering of world leaders since Donald Trump’s election. Climate change was high on the agenda, with the world awaiting a decision from the Trump administration on whether the US would remain a party to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, concluded by nearly 200 countries in December 2015.

Against this backdrop, a range of Indian and European experts attending the conference discussed European and Indian approaches to climate change and sustainable development, and how to increase EU-India climate collaboration in this new era.

Conference organiser Dr. Diarmuid Torney, a lecturer in the School of Law and Government in DCU, said:

“Whether Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement, it is clear that his presidency is bad news for global action to combat climate change. But this presents new opportunities for the rest of the international community. It is crucial that other big players, including the EU and India, maintain their commitment to climate action and deepen their cooperation with each other in the face of Trump’s opposition.”

The conference was opened by Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, Prof. Girish Chandra Tripathi, Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, and Prof. Eileen Connolly, Director of the  Ireland India Institute.

The conference received financial support from the Environmental Protection Agency.












DCU Ireland India Institute will host an international conference on the challenge of climate change for India and Europe on Thursday 25 May 2017 in DCU’s All Hallows campus. This conference takes place against the backdrop of an uncertain global context that challenges the progress of recent years, including the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The conference will bring together Indian and European experts to analyse the respective perspectives of the European Union and India climate change and sustainable development. The conference is supported by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Draft programme

DCU All Hallows Campus, 25 May 2017



9:00–9:30        Registration


9:30–10:00      Welcome and introduction

                        Prof. Eileen Connolly, Director, Ireland India Institute

                        Prof. Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University

                        Prof. Girish Chandra Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University


10:00–11:00    Keynote addresses

                        Mr. Jayant Mauskar, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change

                        Dr. Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor, European Commission


11:00–11:30    Coffee break


11:30–13:00    India’s climate change, development and foreign policy challenges

                        Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses

                        Dr. Sandeep Sengupta, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

                        Prof. Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya, Banaras Hindu University


13:00–14:00    Lunch


14:00–15:30    Critical perspectives on climate change and development in India

                        Prof. Mallickarjun Joshi, Banaras Hindu University

                        Dr. Satish Kumar, Queens University Belfast

                        Ms. Nita Mishra, University College Cork


15:30–16:00    Coffee break


16:00–17:00    European perspectives on climate and development in India

                        Dr. Kirsten Jörgensen, Free University of Berlin

                        Dr. Diarmuid Torney, Dublin City University


17:00–17:30    Concluding remarks

                        Prof. John Doyle, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU