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Global Governance and Climate Change

Global Governance and Climate Change Global Governance 15 (2009), 457-460 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Global Governance and Climate Change Shyam Saran limate change has emerged as a defining challenge of our times. It is truly global in dimension and is not amenable to national or regional C solutions. Unless a global and coordinated response emerges at the Copenhagen meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Con- vention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2009, we may soon be confronting an escalating crisis. Its success or failure will also determine the prospects for effective global governance because, in a globalized world, there already are and will be many more, cross-cutting issues that will require similar global action. What will be the architecture required to mobilize, sustain, and make ef- fective a coordinated and collaborative response to climate change? Fortu- nately, in this case, we do not start from scratch. We have the legal basis, approved by international consensus for such an architecture, in the UNFCCC, which emerged from the historic Rio conference of 1992. The UNFCCC has identified the nature of the challenge we face as humanity, its various dimen- sions such as mitigation and adaptation, and the balance of responsibilities and obligations of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-01504006
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Abstract

Global Governance 15 (2009), 457-460 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Global Governance and Climate Change Shyam Saran limate change has emerged as a defining challenge of our times. It is truly global in dimension and is not amenable to national or regional C solutions. Unless a global and coordinated response emerges at the Copenhagen meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Con- vention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2009, we may soon be confronting an escalating crisis. Its success or failure will also determine the prospects for effective global governance because, in a globalized world, there already are and will be many more, cross-cutting issues that will require similar global action. What will be the architecture required to mobilize, sustain, and make ef- fective a coordinated and collaborative response to climate change? Fortu- nately, in this case, we do not start from scratch. We have the legal basis, approved by international consensus for such an architecture, in the UNFCCC, which emerged from the historic Rio conference of 1992. The UNFCCC has identified the nature of the challenge we face as humanity, its various dimen- sions such as mitigation and adaptation, and the balance of responsibilities and obligations of

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2009

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