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How Far Can Developing Country Commitments Go in an Immediate Post-2012 Climate Regime?

ZhongXiang Zhang

Tianjin University - College of Management and Economics

December 10, 2008

To point out the direction and focus of future international climate negotiations, this paper discusses how far developing country commitments can go in an immediate post-2012 climate regime. The paper argues that developing country commitments are most unlikely to go beyond the defined polices and measures in this timeframe. On this basis, the paper suggests that, rather than attempting the unrealistic goal, international climate negotiations may instead need to initially frame the post-2012 developing country participation in terms of certain policies and policies that I envisioned a decade ago. This conclusion does not change, as Barack Obama becomes the U.S. President and the Democrats have regained control over both U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. However, it should be emphasized that his stance on climate issues and how ambitious U.S. commitments would be under his administration are going to be critical for developing countries to take bold steps themselves and to even agree to reflect those national commitments in a global deal.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Post-Kyoto climate negotiations, Policies and measures, Developing countries

JEL Classification: Q42, Q48, Q53, Q54, Q58

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Date posted: October 31, 2008 ; Last revised: January 3, 2009

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Zhang, ZhongXiang, How Far Can Developing Country Commitments Go in an Immediate Post-2012 Climate Regime? (December 10, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1292050 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1292050

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Tianjin University - College of Management and Economics ( email )
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