New study on Climate Clubs

Nov 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Books, Development and Climate Change, Publication, UNFCCC

2013-11-30-091540_1440x900_scrotOscar Widerberg, IVM Vrije Universitet Amsterdam and Daniel Engström Stenson, Swedish think tank Fores, yesterday launched a new study on Climate Clubs and its relation to the UNFCCC.

A short summary reads:
UN-led negotiations on Climate change are to deliver an agreement in Paris in 2015. In parallel to the efforts within the UNFCCC some countries have decided to create or join climate initiatives, so called clubs. The G8, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), are prime examples of these climate clubs.
While some observers put great faith in these clubs, others see a risk that the proliferation of climate clubs should undermine the UNFCCC. This report is an attempt to address this question. The results of this study show that there are few signs of a conflicting relationship between the clubs and the UNFCCC, and that they could play an important role in paving the road to Paris.
While the current set of clubs are not challenging the current climate governance architecture, it should be noted that some clubs are more conducive to the UNFCCC than others.


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