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The History of Global Climate Governance

  • Includes an explanation of the key underlying issues, providing an accessible overview of the negotiating process, and the challenges facing countries
  • Presents a systematic division of the negotiation history into five phases, demonstrating the evolutionary paths of decisions taken over time
  • Explains a methodical solution to the problem of climate governance, through global law and constitutionalism, providing a fresh new approach to resolving this vital issue

By: Joyeeta Gupta(Author)

264 pages, 36 b/w illustrations, 28 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 2014 | #207662 | ISBN-13: 9781107040519
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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?

The History of Global Climate Governance 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 History of Global Climate Governance 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.

Advance praise:

"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."
- Dr 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


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
10. Climate governance: a steep learning curve!


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Joyeeta Gupta is Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She also works as part of the scientific steering committees of many different international programmes including the Global Water Systems project and the Earth System Governance project. Professor Gupta is Editor-in-Chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Carbon and Law Review, Environmental Science and Policy, and the new journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Her published work includes writing as a lead author for both the IPCC Report which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and also the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which won the Zaved Second Prize, in addition to several books on climate change including The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries: From Conflict to Consensus? (1997) and Our Simmering Planet: What to do About Global Warming (2001). She is also the co-editor of Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Cooperation (2010).

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