climate action

International climate action


Published 25.10.23

How do countries coordinate international climate action?

International agreements on climate action emerge from intense negotiations on emissions targets and are vital in the fight against climate change. In this episode of VoxDevTalks, Bard Harstad joins us to outline his research on the 1997 Kyoto Protocal and 2015 Paris Agreement. This work sheds light on how these agreements are reached, and reveals an important trade-off in the design of international climate negotiations, between encouraging participation from more countries, and encouraging more significant cuts in emissions. Bard discusses key lessons from international efforts to coordinate climate action so far, and what these mean for the Global South moving forward.

This episode is a collaboration with BREAD and IGC, who have designed a virtual PhD-level course which provides a comprehensive review of the economic questions relevant to climate change and economics of the environment.