Equity in the 2015 Climate Agreement: Lessons from Differential Treatment in Multilateral Environmental Agreements
4 Climate Law 2014, 50-69
21 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015 Last revised: 16 Sep 2015
Date Written: November 30, 2014
The success of the negotiations under the ADP will depend, among other things, on a common understanding of equitable sharing of efforts and benefits. An equitable climate regime needs to be based on differentiation that is flexible and dynamic and only granted on a temporary basis. Finding reliable yet flexible and dynamic ways for allocating rights and responsibilities accordingly may be the main and toughest task in multilateral environmental treaty-making. This article analyses differentiation in various multilateral environmental agreements and identifies ways for differentiating between states that could be helpful in a climate context.
Keywords: common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities, equity, multilateral environmental agreements
JEL Classification: K33, K21
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