Policy Brief 2 - Global Evolution of the Climate Change Regime - The Kyoto Protocol (1994-2010)
The Queen Mary University of London Global Policy Institute has published four Climate Change Policy Briefs covering the history of the international community’s response to climate change and the global evolution of the climate change regime. From the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 to the present day, our Policy Briefs put the COP26 summit in Glasgow in context.
This second brief explores the developments in the international regime since 1992, starting from the Kyoto Protocol, which was the first instrument that enabled Parties to the UNFCCC to take climate action through legally binding emission reduction targets. We also review the advancements made during the First Commitment period (2008-2012) and how this contributed to the Paris Agreement and the general evolution of the Climate Change Regime.
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