Reaching a Global Agreement on Climate Change: What are the Obstacles?

20 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Institute for International Economics

Jisun Kim

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Abstract

A successor accord to the Kyoto Protocol was supposed to be wrapped up in Copenhagen in December 2009, but negotiations are now expected to extend through the South African UNFCCC conference in 2011 since the Copenhagen talks failed to yield a binding agreement. To reach a comprehensive deal, major gaps between developing and developed countries must be narrowed. The gaps include the character of common but differentiated responsibilities, financial support, technology transfer, and trade subsidies and sanctions. The paper concludes with some options and recommendations.

Suggested Citation

Hufbauer, Gary Clyde and Kim, Jisun, Reaching a Global Agreement on Climate Change: What are the Obstacles?. Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 39-58, June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1613345 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-3131.2010.01144.x

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Jisun Kim

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