WHAT MATTERS, WHAT WILL MATTER, WHAT SHOULD MATTER
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
After Copenhagen, let's focus on governance
I end a series of posts on the Copenhagen climate conference with this one to reiterate why governance has to be at the heart of future climate negotiations. For nearly two decades climate negotiators have been trying to get deals on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but they have largely failed to develop the institutions that would make such deals credible. Any future climate deal will have a combination of emissions reductions or controls, financing, monitoring, and development and transfer of cleaner technologies. While all this is on the agenda for climate meetings, there is a real gap between substantive discussions on emissions and those on other aspects of climate governance. If we have to get beyond the Copenhagen impasse, negotiators, political leaders and ordinary citizens have to recognise the realities of unequal power in world politics. And we have to find win-win strategies for collaboration on technology development, organise more efficient but also more representative coalitions to manage negotiations, and build capacity for better information collection, analysis and exchange.
I am an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, currently based at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton. I work on global governance issues, including trade, climate change, human development, foreign policy, international institutions, natural resources, development assistance, conflict and extremism.