Future of climate politics On Thursday, 29 October at 6.30 p.m. in the Pfalzkeller St.Gallen, the International Energy Forum (IEF) will offer a public event on the “Final spurt to Copenhagen – the future of global climate politics”. 21 October 2009. The event on thursday, 29 October 2009 will be free of charge to anyone who is interested. Matthias Machnig, Secretary of State of the German Federal Environment Ministry, and Dr. Bruno Oberle, Director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, explain their viewpoints regarding global climate politics. Third IEFThe International Energy Forum (IEF) is a two-day event where internationally leading experts from trade and industry, government authorities and the legal profession meet to discuss topical issues in all areas of energy law, energy politics and the energy economy. The IEF was established by HSG Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the EFTA Court, and Dr. Dirk Buschle, Legal Counsel of the Energy Community Secretariat, and will be taking place this year for the third time. Concerning the Climate ConferenceThe topic of the public evening event concerns this year’s Climate Conference of mid-December 2009 in Copenhagen, where the successor treaty to the Kyoto Climate Protocol, which will expire in 2012, is supposed to be agreed upon. The continuation of sustainability policies is regarded as necessary by the politicians of the big industrial nations: only recently at the UN Climate Summit in New York did US President Barack Obama and China’s State President Hu Jintao promise stronger efforts for the benefit of climate protection.