Professor in Environmental Social Science, Stockholm University
What is the roles of non-state actors, such as civil society, business, indigenous movements and cities, in global climate and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)? This lecture takes stock of the evolving interplay between state and non-state actors in global climate governance, not least in the lead-up the 2015 Paris Agreement, which in an unprecedented institutionalized non-state and sub-state action. Specifically, I unpack how the roles of non-state actors have shifted from the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen to COP22 in Marrakech, where Marrakech Global Climate Action was launched involving voluntary climate action commitments from more than 12 000 companies, investors, cities and regions, and civil society actors. Over this timeframe, we have seen a form of ‘hybrid multilateralism’ emerge, in which UN climate diplomacy blurs state and non-state participation in complex and intriguing ways with implications for the authority, legitimacy, and effectiveness of climate governance. This speaks, in different ways, to the transformed landscape of climate cooperation with a strengthened interface of multilateral climate diplomacy and non-state climate action and the potential roles, modes, and effects of non-state actors in the post-Paris period.
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