The Initial Influence Of Universal Participation Development And Us Strategy

The negotiations toward a climate change convention began in February 1991, but as Matthew Paterson makes clear, "it seems inadequate to take the situation in early 1991 as a given, as if no politics had occurred before then."88 The politics that occurred before then constructed and strengthened a social context whereby universal participation was deemed a requirement. This vision of a global response for climate change had enormous consequences. In this section I highlight two of them:

• The inclusion of Southern concerns on the agenda;

• The development of U.S. strategy for climate change (which also demonstrates the seeds of the second transition in the global response to global environmental problems).

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