Kilian Raiser

Hertie School of Governance

Understanding the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Drivers, Barriers and Analogies

The Paris Agreement (PA) presents an important opportunity to coordinate and strengthen the global response to climate change. The agreement sets global goals on mitigation, adaptation and, finance. It presents a wide array of mechanisms through which to achieve these goals ranging from the “pledge and review” of nationally determined contributions, to the engagement of non-state actors in global efforts to address climate change. This complex array of mechanisms and actors present a “new logic” for international climate governance, marking a stark departure from the top-down structure of the preceding Kyoto Protocol. Despite the diplomatic success of getting 195 MS to agree on such a consequential and legally binding text, however, the efficacy of the PA still remains under intense scrutiny.

  • International Relations
  • Climate policy
  • Paris Agreement
  • Multilateralism

M.Sc Environment and International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

B.A. Contemporary Music Production, Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, UK

Raiser, K. Naims, H. Bruhn, T. (2016) „Corporatization of the climate? Innovation, intellectual property rights, and patents for climate change mitigation“, Energy Research and Social Science, Published on: Sciencedirect

Raiser, K. (2016) “Where are all the Climate Refugees? Why we need to include climate change to the conversation about the refugee crisis“, published

Raiser, K. (2014) „Adaptation to Climate Change: Inciting yet another top-down/bottom-up debate“, published on:

Raiser, K. (2015) „The Harmful Gaze: The inescapable paradox of travelling“ Development in Action, published