The Durban Platform: Issues and Options for a 2015 Agreement

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (Dec. 2012)

15 Pages Posted: 26 May 2013

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Daniel Bodansky

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

The Durban Platform negotiations aim to develop a new climate change agreement by the end of 2015. This paper examines the key variables in the Durban Platform negotiations (legal form, structure, substance and process); the parameters imposed on the negotiations by the Durban Platform decision, the UNFCCC, and international law generally; the development of the existing climate change regime, which reflects both "top down and bottom up" elements; and the determinants of effectiveness. It then outlines three options for a Durban Platform outcome - an expanded Kyoto-like approach, a, "legalization of Cancun architecture" approach, and a multitrack approach. It concludes that, going forward, governments will need to draw on both top-down and bottom-up models to forge a more effective global agreement.

Keywords: Climate change, UNFCCC, International law, Durban Platform

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Bodansky, Daniel, The Durban Platform: Issues and Options for a 2015 Agreement (December 2012). Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (Dec. 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270336

Daniel Bodansky (Contact Author)

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

111 E Taylor St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

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