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Managing Climate Change: Shifting Roles for NGOs in the Climate Negotiations

Chandra Lal Pandey

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 799-824. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14420732702734


Non-governmental organisations have been playing a significant role in the formation and implementation of global climate change policies. The incremental participation of non-governmental organisations in climate change negotiations is significant for two reasons: 1) they provide governments with expertise and information; and 2) they help to bridge the lack of democracy and legitimacy in global environmental governance. The fulfilment of these two functions, however, is surrounded by doubts, as very little progress has been made so far in combating climate change. Many non-governmental organisations themselves lack democratic legitimacy in their formation and structures, and international climate change agreements are often fragile, not because the negotiators lack information but because they lack political will. This paper examines and outlines the areas for identifying how non-governmental organisations could contribute more to produce effective climate policies, in order to mitigate and manage climate change in the absence of more democratic international climate-change policy-making processes.


Non-governmental organisations, Kyoto protocol, Copenhagen accord, climate change, negotiations, global environmental governance, grassroots, social movements.

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Bystanding and Climate Change. Carol Booth

Climate, Collective Action and Individual Ethical Obligations. Marion Hourdequin

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Climate of Arrogance, Disengagement and Injustice Simon Hailwood

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