Australia, Climate Change and the Global South

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

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Lorraine Elliott

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Journal article

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Published in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 100(415) 2011: 441-57.

Australia’s climate change relationship with developing countries is framed by the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Under those agreements, Australia has committed to take a lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and to provide technological and financial support to developing countries. In practice, Australian governments of both political hues have adopted a somewhat ambiguous and ambivalent attitude to developing countries within climate change politics and their fulfilment of those commitments has been uneven. This is particularly so if the concept of the ‘Global South’ is expanded from developing countries to include those people who are vulnerable to the environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change.

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