Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Releases New Policy Brief, "Institutions for International Climate Governance"

Contact: Jason Chapman
Phone: (617) 496-8054 (office); (617) 571-7726 (mobile)
Date: November 29, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements has released a new policy brief, “Institutions for International Climate Governance,” analyzing the institutional options for addressing the threats posed by global climate change. The brief is being released just ahead of the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an annual meeting to be held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2010, during which the Harvard Project will present its findings.

The key findings and conclusions in the brief include:

  • A variety of institutional options exist for international climate policy, but the most promising ones involve some combination of the UNFCCC and a diverse set of other organizations for negotiation and policy implementation.
  • Certain key “bridging states,” such as Mexico, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, have interests representative of both developing and industrialized countries, and may be able to help improve climate negotiations.
  • In designing and implementing international climate policy, policy makers might draw useful lessons from the history of international regimes in other policy areas, including trade and nuclear nonproliferation.

A panel hosted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements at COP-16 — based on the policy brief — will be held at 20:15 – 21:45 CST December 8 at the Cancun Messe (the official event arena for COP-16) in the Monarca Room. This event is open to all individuals credentialed to enter the COP-16 venue. No separate registration is required for this event. A reception will follow.

The Policy Brief and its two page summary can be found here.

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