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Friday, 18 December 2009
Why climate finance negotiations do not move forward
During my week in Copenhagen I was asked to contribute to Opinio Juris, a forum of reputed international law and international relations scholars. I argue that negotiations are stuck because we are unable to break out of the moulds that have defined our positions for nearly two decades. The massive trust deficit that plagues the negotiations can only be broken if we take a more honest approach towards debunking seemingly dichotomous and exclusive positions: a choice of public over private finance; a trap of us versus them stemming out of a fear of competition; and a stalemate over what comes first, commitments or conditionality. Continue reading the article, Red herrings in debates over climate finance, here.
I am an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, currently based at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton. I work on global governance issues, including trade, climate change, human development, foreign policy, international institutions, natural resources, development assistance, conflict and extremism.