Par Simon Uzenat
PhD Candidate, University Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne & ClimSAT
2nd Conference Yale-UNITAR on Environmental Governance and Democracy Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Changeand Advance a Green Economy, Yale University – New Haven, USA – 17-19 September 2010
The stakes of the fight against global warming are closely linked to the increasing consideration given to territories and the local level, at strategic and operational as well as national and international levels. The demands of sustainable development in general, and the fight against climate change in particular, considerably reinforce this process of integration into the globalized economy. The emergence of local authorities on the international scene participates fully in the globalization process which implies an ever more intensive interaction between the local and the global. In this respect, the principal resource of these reticular actors resides in the implementation of a strategy of adaptation to the properties and constraints of globalization. In fact, this ambiguous non-state diplomacy takes a syncretic form which combines the range of actions specific to NGOs, firms and the state. Howewer, the adoption of statutes instituting a North/South balance, an agenda which is coherent with that of the UNO, bring first and foremost into play values which are coherent with their normative representation of the world but its effects remain rather modest and don’t seem likely to bring about, in the short and medium term, major restructuring in favour of the regions within the existing or future realizations of world governance.