September 16, 2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Zoom Webinar

The latest IPCC Report calls for urgent transformational actions to redesign our societies in the face of the imminent threat brought by climate change. More than ever before, at the Glasgow COP26 meeting in November, world governments will be forced to adapt their strategies to respond to the effects of climate change while considering long-term energy-related costs for their citizens.

Apart from the challenges of wrangling the necessary international coordination, the Black Sea region has always faced specific geopolitical, economic, and social issues. In this context, this panel will debate the climate change agenda for countries in the Black Sea region, what the region can expect from COP26, and what the social and economic costs of these transformational changes will be.


Andrei Covatariu 
Senior research associate and summer school director, Energy Policy Group; 2020 MEI Frontier Europe Fellow

Mehmet Öğütçü 
Chairman, Turkish Studies International Advisory Board, Middle East Institute 

Julian Popov 
Former Bulgarian minister of environment; goodwill ambassador, energy and climate policies of Bulgaria

Gönül Tol, moderator
Director, Turkey Program; senior fellow, Frontier Europe Initiative, Middle East Institute

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