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Reconsidering Mitigation and Adaptation at the Crossroads: Equity and Policy Dimensions of Post-Kyoto Climate Policymaking (Department of Government, Uppsala University, 8 April 2013)

Workshop conveners: Aaron Maltais (Department of Government, Uppsala University) and Edward Page (Department of Politics and International Studies, Warwick University).

Global climate change poses significant risks for the health, wealth and security of existing and future generations. Although some regions will escape discrete climate impacts, such as extreme weather events, and others may benefit from the localised effects of rising global temperature and sea-levels if they remain modest, the aggregate impact will almost certainly be adverse, with members of future generations and developing countries being worst affected. At the same time, a consensus has emerged in favour of a co-ordinated, international, response to implement effective policies of mitigation (to prevent avoidable adverse climate impacts) and adaptation (to modify human activities to manage adverse climate impacts that are no longer avoidable so they do not threaten human well-being).

The Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have signalled, at successive recent international climate conferences, the need to produce a global agreement on robust policies of mitigation and adaptation to be negotiated by 2015 and to come into force by 2020. The balance of mitigation and adaptation, funding streams, policy response types, and the extent to which the agreement will be legally binding, are all controversial topics of negotiation. The processes of transformation within the international climate regime, together with recent advances in climate science such as the impact of global warming in the arctic region, combine to make the 2013-2015 period a critical moment in the evolution of the global climate change response. In particular, rival mitigation and adaptation policy proposals (as well as the broader governance regimes that systematize these policies) have become a key focus of debate amongst academics, policymakers and civil society actors.

Papers are sought that address current gaps in our normative, political and policy understanding of the climate change challenge. Key themes include, inter alia, the problem of leadership within climate change negotiations; the selection of environmentally effective, economically efficient and equitable policies of mitigation and adaptation; and alternative funding models for climate mitigation and adaptation. Papers are also sought that interrogate the impacts of climate change through the perspectives of security, human rights and equity.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please contact <> or <> by 22 March 2013.