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Sustainable Development In The Context Of International Climate Change Law

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This chapter shows that the concept of sustainable development is a central element of the multilateral climate regime. Numerous provisions in both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol reiterate references to sustainable development. The design of the climate regime itself gives an indication of sustainable development as seen in a climate context. The continuing debate surrounding climate negotiations highlights the difficulties facing the international community in applying sustainable development to a particular but complex global issue. At the same time, it is evidence of an increasing acceptance of the core parameters of sustainable development. This evidence, as demonstrated in the chapter, can be drawn from explicit references to sustainable development in the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as from central characteristics of the climate regime.

Keywords: Kyoto Protocol; multilateral climate regime; sustainable development; UNFCCC



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