Climate Change

Climate Policy Brief 9, February 2013

A Climate Conference of Low Ambitions in Doha.

The annual United Nations climate conference held in 2012 in Doha concluded on 8 December with low levels of commitments by the developed countries in two crucial areas — emission cuts by them, and provision of climate financing for developing countries. (more…)

Climate Policy Brief 8, November 2012

Identifying Outcomes that Promote the Interests of Developing Countries at COP 18.

Developing countries have long been at the frontlines of climate change and bearing the brunt of its impacts on sustainable development prospects and even, in many cases, physical survival and territorial integrity. These underscore the need for global cooperation and action on climate change. (more…)

Climate Policy Brief 7, September 2012

Aviation Emission Norms under the EU-ETS.

Since January 2012, aviation has been included in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Aviation ETS requires aircraft operators to surrender one allowance per tonne of carbon-dioxide emitted on a flight to and from (and within) the EU. (more…)

Research Paper 45, April 2012

Climate Change, Technology And Intellectual Property Rights: Context And Recent Negotiations.

This Research Paper discusses on contexts and recent negotiations in Technology Transfer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change. In terms of proprietary rights, the author categories technologies and related products into three domains: the Public Technologies; Patented Technologies and Future Technologies. (more…)

Research Paper 43, March 2012

Mechanisms for International Cooperation in Research and Development: Lessons for the Context of Climate Change.

This Research Paper examines possible modalities of collaboration for research and development (R&D), understood as comprehensive of scientific studies and of activities for the generation of new processes and products and the improvement of existing ones . It briefly discusses, first, the various sources of technology for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. (more…)

Climate Policy Brief 6, November 2011

Annex 1 Pledges, Accounting “Loopholes”, And Implications for the Global 2°C Pathway.

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has recently issued a report that examines four recent detailed studies of countries’ mitigation pledges under the Cancun Agreements, for the purpose of comparing developed (Annex 1) country pledges to developing (non-Annex 1) country pledges. (more…)

Outline of Presentation at Special Event at UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, June 2011

Outline of Presentation by Executive Director, South Centre at Special Event at UNFCCC subsidiary bodies on Impacts on Developing Countries of Response Measures (Mitigation) by Developed Countries

The Executive Director of the South Centre made a presentation at the Special Event, organised by the Chairs of the Subsidiary Bodies on Implementation (SBI) and Science and Technological Advice (SBSTA). This is an outline of his presentation. (more…)

South Centre Submissions on Green Climate Fund, June 2011

South Centre Submissions on Setting up the Green Climate Fund in UNFCCC.

A Transition Committee under the UNFCCC is discussing the design of a Green Climate Fund to operate under the Climate Convention. The South Centre is taking part in the Committee’s meetings as an Observer Organisation. In June 2011, the South Centre made four written submissions on the themes of the four Workstreams of the Committee. (more…)

Research Paper 39, May 2011

Operationalizing the UNFCCC Finance Mechanism.

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have recognized the need to “urgently enhance implementation of the Convention in order to achieve its ultimate objective in full accordance with its principles and commitments” (Preamble, Bali Action Plan). (more…)

Climate Policy Brief 5, March 2011

Complex Implications of the Cancun Climate Conference.

The 2010 climate conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which took place in Cancun (Mexico) on 29 November to 11 December was complex in both process and content, and in both aspects it will have an importance and ramifications that will take several years to unfold. (more…)

Climate Policy Brief 4, December 2010

The Equitable Sharing of Atmospheric and Development Space.

In the quest for an international climate agreement on actions to address the climate change crisis, three aspects have to be the basis simultaneously: the environmental imperative, the developmental imperative, and the equity imperative. (more…)

Research Paper 34, November 2010

Addressing Climate Change through Sustainable Development and the Promotion of Human Rights.

This Research Paper sets out the relevance of international human rights obligations in light of the multiple constraints climate change poses to the sustainable development of developing countries. (more…)


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