Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (2): 206-211.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2018.193

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From Paris to Katowice: the unified and divided in global climate governance

Song-Li ZHU   

  1. Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing 100038, China
  • Received:2018-12-21 Revised:2019-01-10 Online:2019-03-30 Published:2019-03-30


The negotiation on rule book of Paris Agreement faces challenges as soon as it was started. Nevertheless, the negotiation was generally done in Katowice climate conference by passing the rule book by which the rule-based climate regime is enhanced. Meanwhile, the rule book injects more attribution of ‘top-down’ to Paris Agreement which is characterized by ‘bottom-up’ and loose mechanisms, as a result the legal position of Paris Agreement is promoted. However, the conference also witnessed further separation of the climate world, shown as the union or re-grouping of negotiation groups, the degradation of major parties, arguments from interest groups, disagreements on latest sciences output. All these made no progress in ambition promotion. The road from Paris to Katowice shows we can’t simultaneously pursue governance efficiency, national self-determination, and global climate governance. Future negotiation should convert unified rules to real actions.

Key words: Paris Agreement, Katowice climate conference, Global climate governance, Rule book

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