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Belfer Center: Climate Change Policies: Many Paths Forward

Authors: Paula J. Dobriansky, and Vaughan C. Turekian
February 1, 2010

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This Belfer Center publication stresses the importance of linking the efforts of governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to combat climate change.† It provides a concise overview of international initiatives, multilateral groups' efforts, and various partnerships and offers insights on how to move forward.

The twelve years since the conclusion of Kyoto have provided an abundance of ideas and experiences that can contribute to effective global action to address climate change. Individually, developed and developing countries are establishing and implementing national policies and investing in new technologies. Internationally, governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are working together in numerous venues to share ideas, to coordinate policies in areas such as regulation, research, and investment, and to distill lessons that can be incorporated into new policies. Linking these many efforts, which range from large international exchanges to targeted multilateral groups to action-oriented partnerships, will be crucial to success in combating climate change.

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