A FUTURE FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLITICS
A discussion paper by the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Political engagement in this changing climate requires entirely new thinking about strategies and alliances that, in our view, should build on the following considerations:
- There is no alternative to a legally binding agreement if we are serious about preventing dangerous climate change. The Durban outcome offers a pathway to such a legally binding agreement but fails to marshal the necessary ambition in time.
- The UNFCCC needs to be safeguarded as the central forum for negotiating climate politics; at the same time, we need to shift our focus to those fora and political agendas that are undermining serious climate efforts, specifically the G-20 (which is working through six multilateral development banks: the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the three regional development banks for Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the Islamic Development Bank).
- At the same time, policies for national energy, economics, and development have to provide the groundwork for a global shift toward a safe climate future. International deadlock or delay is no excuse for national inaction.
- Climate politics require new resource politics at the local, national, and international levels and need to move beyond a purely carbon perspective.
The role of civil society in international climate politics today should focus on:
- rebuilding coalitions and developing a clear division of labor inside and outside of the institutions -- UNFCCC, the G20, the GCF, the multilateral development banks (MDBs) -- as well as across different thematic “silos” while taking into account changing geopolitics and global governance;
- refocusing advocacy efforts on the real spoilers and vested interests on the local, regional, and global levels; and,
- mobilizing global and local movements to reclaim the commons: the atmosphere, natural resources such as land, forests, biodiversity, and water, but also knowledge and public spaces.
Lili Fuhr, Department Head Ecology and Sustainable Development
Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Boell Foundation
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