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International NGOs in Global Governance: Climate Negotiations and Finance

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Global governance is today not only the purview of state actors interacting through international treaties but also – and more and more – a space where many diverse non-state actors participate in decision making. This is particularly prominent in climate change diplomacy given the variety of scientific, policy, technical and financial expertise it requires and which non-state actors can provide. As demonstrated by the last conference of parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), INGOs participated in the negotiations as observers, representing the interests of local governments, indigenous people, women, youth, business and industry, and the scientific community.

INGOs also prominently figure in the process of financing climate change not only as third-party accreditors and channels of funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) but also as potential brokers reconciling global norms with local needs.

In this workshop, speakers will address the role of INGOs in global governance and green finance:

1. What is the standing of international INGOs in current international public law? Other than legal legitimacy, what else provides INGOs with credibility in climate negotiations? What does INGO inclusion in global governance mean for the future climate governance?

2. How can INGOs help reconcile global norms with local needs, i.e in relation to the Green Climate Fund (GCF)? Can they reduce the complexity and develop a more ade-quate approach to diverse geographical, socio-economic and environmental settings?

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