From Pillars to Platform: Demystifying the Durban Outcome

“If we accept this text, we are killing ourselves.” These were the words of an ambassador from a small island nation in the final hours of the longest UN climate negotiations in history. “We may be small, but we are not dead,” he continued. With these strong statements, the ambassador sought to rally other countries like his to push back against the weak agreement the conference had produced.

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About Kartikeya


Kartikeya Singh received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is currently a doctoral candidate for a PhD in International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, the geopolitics of energy use, and transportation.

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