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AOSIS in the UNFCCC negotiations: from unity to fragmentation?

Betzold, Carola, Castro, Paula, Weiler, Florian (2012) AOSIS in the UNFCCC negotiations: from unity to fragmentation? Climate Policy, 12 (5). pp. 591-613. ISSN 1469-3062. E-ISSN 1752-7457. (doi:10.1080/14693062.2012.692205)

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Abstract

Small island states were able to obtain some remarkable achievements in the climate change negotiations by building a cohesive coalition, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The cohesion of the Alliance, however, has been affected by changes in the UNFCCC process. The multiplication of issues on the climate agenda and the increasing number of negotiation groups may help or hinder compromise and finding common ground. To track how AOSIS has fared in the climate change regime, this paper compares the activities and positions of AOSIS as a group, and of individual AOSIS members over three distinct periods in the climate change regime: its early phase from 1995 to 2000; an implementation phase from 2001 to 2005; and the more recent period from 2006 to 2011. Over time, group activity has declined in relative terms, with some issues such as forestry receiving particular attention from individual AOSIS members. Despite controversies in some areas, AOSIS has remained a tighly coordinated and cohesive alliance that continues to be a key player in global climate policy.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14693062.2012.692205
Uncontrolled keywords: adaptation, AOSIS, climate change negotiations, coalitions, forestry, fragmentation, LULUCF, mitigation, REDD, adaptation, AOSIS, négociations sur le climat, coalitions, foresterie, fragmentation, UTCATF, mitigation, REDD
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: F. Weiler
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:14 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54939 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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