Negotiating Climate Change: The Inside Story of the Rio Convention

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 29, 1994 - Business & Economics - 392 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Visions of a Changing World
3
Prologue to the Climate Change Convention
45
Views from Within the Ring
75
Exercising Common but Differentiated Responsibility
77
The Beginnings of an International Climate Law
97
Constructive Damage to the Status Quo
113
The Climate Change Negotiations
129
A Personal Assessment
149
Looking Back to See Forward
201
The Outside Edges In
227
Some Comments on the INC Process
229
A View from the Ground Up
239
Prospects for the Future
275
Towards a Winning Climate Coalition
277
Visions of the Past Lessons for the Future
321
The Framework Convention On Climate Change
335

The Road to Rio
175
A Failure of Presidential Leadership
187

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