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The recent climate negotiations: A perspective from the Global South [WebDebate #52] 

07 December 2021


Event description

Date: Tuesday, 7th December, 13:00 UTC (08:00 EDT | 14:00 CET | 18:30 IST)

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues that humanity is facing today. Given current carbon-emission levels and the projected global warming and its consequences over the next decades, it is clear that business as usual is no longer an option. Human lives, livelihoods, species, and ecosystems are under threat. Global solutions for reducing carbon emissions and adaptation to climate change are needed. 

Every year, the world focuses on the negotiations taking place under the umbrella of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2015, the negotiations resulted in the Paris Agreement. While the Paris Agreement is a major achievement in terms of a clear global commitment to emission reduction, it hinges on voluntary national emission reduction goals. Its climate financing goals are yet to become a reality. With this in mind, the expectations for the climate negotiations at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow this year, were high. The commitments made at COP 26 have received some praise and quite a lot of critique.

In this 52nd WebDebate, we take a closer look at the climate negotiations at COP 26 from a Global South perspective. Together with our eminent speaker, Ambassador Kishan Rana from India, we explore some of the following questions:

  • What has been achieved and what is still missing from a Global South perspective?
  • Did we see the kind of global solidarity that is needed to address climate change successfully?
  • Is multilateral diplomacy failing the Global South and, if so, what can be done to address this?

Join us on Tuesday, 7th December, at 13:00 UTC (08:00 EDT | 14:00 CET | 18:30 IST).

WebDebate #52


Amb. Kishan S Rana is professor emeritus and a senior fellow at Diplo. He was awarded a BA (Hon) and an MA in Economics from the St Stephens College Delhi. He was in the Indian Foreign Service (196095), and has also worked in China (196365, 197072). Rana was ambassador and high commissioner for Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; and consul general in San Francisco. He served on staff of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi (198182).

Rana is the author of Inside Diplomacy (2000), Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000), Bilateral Diplomacy (2002), The 21st Century Ambassador (2004), Asian Diplomacy (2007), Diplomacy of the 21st Century (2011), India’s North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration (co-author, 2012), The Contemporary Embassy (2013), and Diplomacy at the Cutting Edge (2015). He is co-editor of Foreign Ministries (2007) and Economic Diplomacy (2011). The two books were translated into Chinese. Some of his publications are used as textbooks at several universities. He has also written more than 100 articles for academic journals and newspapers.


Dr Katharina E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection of diplomacy and technology. She holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies (University of Leicester, UK) and a PhD in International Politics (University of Aberystwyth, UK). In her work, she is driven by her aim to level the playing field at international negotiation tables through capacity development.

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