David Livingston is State Department senior advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
Prior to joining the government, Mr Livingston previously worked at the Eurasia Group, a consultancy, focusing on energy, climate, trade and technology issues, and as a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council.
He has also served as a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss Fellow for Geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative. Earlier in his career, he worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford.
What recent changes in international cooperation, collaboration, and competition in the realm of climate action can be observed or expected in the near future? What can we expect and cautiously hope for as the world comes together again in Glasgow, to get the Paris Agreement back on track?
Expectations for this year’s COP 26 are high. While pre-pandemic global challenges remain, transatlantic unity around the issues of climate change has been restored with willing and able climate champions on both sides of the Atlantic. After a hiatus, the US Administration re-joined the Paris Agreement this year and placed climate change back at the top of its domestic political agenda. This is a momentum to capitalize on, along with the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus funding on the table. With less margin for error than ever, the world now needs to focus on the global imperative of recovering better inclusively, digitally, and sustainably.