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The Paris Agreement: Rebooting Climate Cooperation ∙ The Shape of Things to Come: Global Climate Governance after Paris

Harro van Asselt, Stefan Bößner

This article examines the broader global climate governance architecture after Paris. The article begins with an overview of different types of climate action outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), offering some indications of how such action may evolve after Paris. It then discusses the ways in which the multilateral climate regime is linked to action taken in other venues, with a focus on the Paris Agreement. It argues that Parties to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement need to make concerted efforts to leverage the wider institutional complex for climate change. To this end, they can pursue various strategies, including: (1) further enhancing the visibility of climate action outside the UNFCCC (2) developing operational linkages through existing and future mechanisms of the climate treaties; and (3) monitoring and reviewing the actions outside the UNFCCC through the Paris Agreement’s review processes.

Harro van Asselt is Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland Law School, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Oxford, United Kingdom. Stefan Bößner is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Oxford, United Kingdom. The authors acknowledge funding from the European Union under Horizon 2020 project CARISMA (Coordination and Assessment of Research and Innovation in Support of climate Mitigation Actions; Grant Agreement No. 642442) and funding by the Swedish Research Council Formas (project Navigating Institutional Complexity in Global Climate Governance). The title of this article is inspired by H.G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come (New York, NY: MacMillan & Co., 1933).


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