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Part I Introductory Chapters, 3 Negotiating History of the Paris Agreement

Jane Bulmer, Meinhard Doelle, Daniel Klein

From: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Analysis and Commentary

Edited By: Daniel Klein, María Pía Carazo, Meinhard Doelle, Jane Bulmer, Andrew Higham

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 February 2023

Since World War II — Climate change — Environmental disputes — General principles of international law

This chapter describes the history of the Paris Agreement negotiations, its milestones, challenges and the significant role played by key actors active in the international climate regime. It takes a broad perspective and includes the negotiation strands that preceded the launch of the Paris Agreement negotiations. The chapter focuses on the negotiations that took place between 2005 and 2015, which can be roughly divided into two blocks. The first block spans the years 2005–2010, which saw developments that formed the twin negotiation tracks under the Bali Road Map. The second block takes place from 2011 to 2015 and comprises further developments which would lead to the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The chapter also gives specific attention to the key actors that played a significant role in shaping expectations, the evolving texts, and the final outcome achieved in Paris.

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