Climate Change

Climate change is already reaching the threshold for significant impacts upon sustainable development. Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimate that climate change will cost governments more than $100 billion a year in loss and damage – an estimate that includes the cost of rising sea levels, higher temperatures, crop losses, and fresh water shortages, but does not account for more devastating scenarios such as typhoons and floods. A global regime, based on the obligations of 196 country Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), focuses on achieving climate mitigation, adaptation and financing across many sectors of law and policy for sustainable development, with negotiations ongoing towards a new global agreement for 2015. As a number of countries are currently in the process of reforming their laws and institutions to implement these international instruments for sustainable development, there is a pressing need for legal expertise, capacity building and advice in this emerging field of research and education. 

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