Two years of intense and often dramatic negotiations culminated in the signing of a Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This compelling book reconstructs the dynamics of those negotiations, based on eye-witness accounts. The main contributors, each a principal player in the drama, have been selected to reflect the perspectives of the most important interest groups and institutions involved in the negotiations, including the OECD, oil-importing developing nations, private industry and non-governmental organisations. These individual accounts are integrated into an edited volume that provides a multi-dimensional assessment of the negotiating process, focusing on the competitive and co-operative interactions among nations, regional alliances, international institutions, corporations and non-governmental organisations.
• Reconstructs the dramatic negotiations at the Framework Convention on Climate Change, from the Rio Janeiro Earth Summit • Takes ten eye-witness accounts, each a principal player in the drama • Individual accounts integrated to provide a multi-dimensional assessment of the negotiating process
Foreword Michael J. Chadwick; Part I. Background: 1. Visions of a changing world Irving M. Mintzer and J. A. Leonard; 2. Prologue to the Climate Change Convention Daniel Bodansky; Part II. Views from Within the Ring: 3. Exercising common but differentiated responsibility Delphine Borione and Jean Ripert; 4. The beginnings of an international climate law Ahmed Djoghlaf; 5. Constructive damage to the status quo Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Richard J. Kinley; 6. The climate change negotiations Chandrashekar Dasgupta; 7. A personal assessment Bo Kjellen; 8. The road to Rio José Goldemberg; 9. A failure of presidential leadership William A. Nitze; 10. Looking back to see forward Tariq Osman Hyder; Part III. The Outside Edges In: 11. Some comments on the INC process Hugh Faulkner; 12. A view from the ground up Atiq Rahman and Annie Roncerel; Part IV. Prospects for the Future: 13. Towards a winning climate coalition James K. Sebenius; 14. Visions of the past, lessons for the future Irving M. Mintzer and J. A. Leonard; Annex: The Framework Convention on Climate Change; Index.
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