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The role of non-nation-state actors and side events in the international climate negotiations


Schroeder, H and Lovell, HC, The role of non-nation-state actors and side events in the international climate negotiations, Climate Policy, 12, (1) pp. 23-37. ISSN 1469-3062 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14693062.2011.579328


United Nations climate change conferences have attracted an increasing number and range of observer participants, often outnumbering national delegates. The interactions between the formal and informal spaces of climate governance at the Conference of the Parties (COP) are explored by investigating why non-nation state actors (NNSAs) attend them and by measuring to what extent official UN Side Events provide relevant information for the formal negotiations. Based on primary empirical research at recent COPs, it is found that 60-75% of Side Events have related directly to items under negotiation in the post-2012 climate negotiations. In this regard, Side Events that facilitate informal exchange between stakeholders not only provide input into the negotiations but also allow issues beyond the realm of the negotiations to be discussed, reflecting the scope of climate change. Although Side Events are an effective forum to exchange ideas and network, their current format and purpose as being events 'on the side' does not offer a sufficient framework for coordination between the work of NNSAs and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Lovell, HC (Professor Heather Lovell)
ID Code:99572
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2017-10-05

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