Author(s): Kartha, S., T. Athanasiou, P. Baer

Year: 2012

In: What Next Volume III: Climate, Development and Equity; also published as Development Dialogue No. 61, September 2012. Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and What Next Forum, Uppsala, Sweden.

Type: Book chapter



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The North-South divide, equity and development – The need for trust-building for emergency mobilisation

This article discusses the North-South divide in climate politics and how it affects the prospects for real and sufficient climate mobilization, and examines the potential for equity as a path to increased ambition.

The authors begin by discussing the abiding distrust that characterizes the global climate discourse, and the deep resentment that both governments and civil society in the South feel towards the stances and behaviours of the Annex I countries.

They also discuss the nature of equity in the climate regime, comment on equity as a gateway to increased ambition, and present Greenhouse Development Rights as an instructive, equity-based effort-sharing framework. Finally, they offer a brief discussion of possible pathways forward.

The article is part of the third volume of What Next, a compilation of more than 20 articles by authors from across the North and South, addressing the combined challenges of climate, development and equity.

Note: The book also includes a another article by Sivan Kartha, "India and Africa at COP17 – The false dichotomy of 'survival vs. development'", that was first published on the SEI website.

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