The History of Global Climate Governance

The History of Global Climate Governance

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Joyeeta Gupta
Cambridge University Press, 2/6/2014
EAN 9781107040519, ISBN10: 1107040515

Hardcover, 262 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

What has happened globally on the climate change issue? How have countries' positions differed over time, and why? How are problems and politics developing on an increasingly globalised planet, and can we find a solution? This book explores these questions and more, explaining the key underlying issues of the conflicts between international blocs. The negotiation history is systematically presented in five phases, demonstrating the evolution of decision-making. The book discusses the coalitions, actors and potential role of the judiciary, as well as human rights issues in addressing the climate change problem. It argues for a methodical solution through global law and constitutionalism, which could provide the quantum jump needed in addressing the problem of climate governance. This fascinating and accessible account will be a key resource for policymakers and NGOs, and also for researchers and graduate students in climate policy, geopolitics, climate change, environmental policy and law, and international relations.

Foreword Yvo de Boer
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Part I. Introduction
1. Grasping the essentials of the climate change problem
2. Mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering
Part II. The History of the Negotiations
3. Setting the stage
defining the climate problem (until 1990)
4. Institutionalising key issues
the Framework Convention on Climate Change (1991–1996)
5. Progress despite challenges
towards the Kyoto Protocol and beyond (1997–2001)
6. The regime under challenge
leadership competition sets in (2001–2007)
7. Enlarging the negotiating pie
Part III. Issues in Global Climate Governance
8. Countries, coalitions, other actors and negotiation challenges
9. Litigation and human rights
Part IV. Towards the Future
10. Climate governance
a steep learning curve!

'Joyeeta Gupta's analytical history tour of a quarter-century of climate change negotiations provides a good entry point for newcomers and a pause for reflection by veterans. The former will benefit from the foundations of her analysis in climate science and sustainability, while the latter will be intrigued by her outreach to the domains of international law and human rights.' Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC secretariat, 1991–2002, and Chairman of the Guardian of Future Generations under the Sustainable Development Act (2012), Malta

'This is an authoritative account of the history and complex political developments surrounding climate governance negotiation. Joyeeta Gupta has created a well-organised and interesting narrative which will be extremely useful for anyone interested in climate change issues.' Youba Sokona, Board Member, South Centre; Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); and co-chair, IPCC Working Group III

'This book provides an important and systematic knowledge infrastructure for people to think about governance for protecting climate as a global public good.' Zou Ji, Deputy Director General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation