The Paris Agreement and climate change negotiations: Small Islands, big players. A commentary
Ourbak, T., Magnan, A.K. (2017). The Paris Agreement and climate change negotiations: small islands, big players. A commentary. Regional Environmental Change. doi.org/10.1007/s10113-017-1247-9. [http://rdcu.be/yvie]
Résumé [en anglais] :
Climate change poses an existential threat to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). They have played a leading role in raising awareness of climate change on the international stage and advocating for strong climate action, notably through the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Despite their heterogeneity, they succeeded in building a common diplomat- ic discourse and influencing strategy, and mobilized political leaders as well as talented negotiators and advisors. Small Island States were a crucial group in the negotiating period up to, during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), and for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. SIDS succeeded to secure their special circumstances as vulner- able countries, demonstrated l eadership in raising ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help secure an ambitious long-term temperature goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 °C, and advanced the complex debate on loss and damage. Small Island States face major challenges to advance their leadership on climate change moving forward: securing im- mediate actions for those particularly vulnerable countries and increasing their influence within and outside the climate change negotiations. For Small Island states, the 1.5 °C goal should be considered “ the visible part of the iceberg ” for their diplomacy in a post-Paris context.