1.2 Introduction to climate governance

We begin with a short introduction to climate governance. The international response to climate change has centred around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), however this is not the only place where climate change governance takes place. It is increasingly apparent that many other actors – cities and subnational governments, companies, foundations, universities, and faith-based organisations – are becoming much more directly involved.

First, watch a short video clip on international climate change negotiations:

Question: Which changing role for developing countries did you observe in this short movie clip?

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    A crucial change that is depicted in the short movie clip is the role of developing countries. The UNFCCC negotiations are based on “common but differentiated responsibilities”, indicating the differences between countries to causing climate change. Based on this principle, developing countries were excluded from emission reductions commitments within the Kyoto Protoco

In the following infografic key moments in climate governance are indicated. If you need to up-date your knowledge on climate governance, please read the short overview of UNFCCC agreements, that you can find here.

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