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1st Edition

The Organization of Global Negotiations
Constructing the Climate Change Regime

ISBN 9781138977693
Published April 27, 2016 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

The basic assumption of this book is that the organization of a negotiation process matters. The global negotiations on climate change involve over 180 countries and innumerable observers and other participants, addressing enormously complex and economically vital issues with conflicting agendas. For the UN to create an effective and well-supported international regime has required enormous and very skilful organization: factors such as the role of the Chair, the choice of negotiating arenas, the rules for the conduct of business and the approach of negotiating texts are usually taken for granted, and rarely attract attention until something goes wrong. This book explores how the negotiations were organized to produce the Kyoto Protocol to the Climate Change Convention and the subsequent Bonn Agreements and Marrakesh Accords. The author draws out the lessons and implications for other intricate and far-reaching negotiations, not all of which have succeeded so far, such as the WTO trade negotiations at Seattle and Cancun. This is essential reading for all participants in and organizers of international negotiations; and for researchers and students of international relations, climate change and environmental studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  The Organization of Global Negotiations  The Challenges of Climate Change Negotiations  Presiding Officers  Bureaux  The Secretariat  Rules for the Conduct of Business  Decision-making Rules  Negotiating Arenas  Complementary Forums: Workshops, Roundtables and Others  Texts  Time Management  The Political and the Technical: Ministerial Input  Participation by Non-governmental Organizations  Conclusions: Twelve Key Insights

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Joanna Depledge is Sutasoma Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, UK