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Knowledge management and global climate change regime negotiations

Mohamad Zakaria (Researcher, Social Medicine and Global Health, Clinical Research Center and Medical Faculty, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 9 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the important factors that negotiators and policy-makers need to take into account while putting their strategies to negotiate global climate change regimes.


This paper is based on qualitative research using the deductive approach. Integrating the theoretical and empirical material in the analysis is used to enhance the readers’ value and interest in the paper.


Without deep understanding of why some international negotiations related to climate change have previously failed, it is difficult to successfully negotiate them in the future. Flexibility and openness during negotiations and to consider the views and concerns of all global actors in finding optimum solutions and cooperation are among the many essential factors that bring the world leaders into a compromise agreement and a global climate change regime. Knowledge management including taking into account the discussed factors may help the negotiators and public to be more prepared to understand the obstacles that may complicate negotiating the international climate change regimes.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is not intended for those who have years of experience in climate change negotiations nor for those seeking deep theoretical knowledge about this topic.

Practical implications

This paper has practical implications as it combines the theories of international relations with practical evidences from previous Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Social implications

This paper is an essential read to students and young scientists, as well as to young policy-makers within the environmental politics.


The paper deals with a very important and current issue and little has been published on the process of preparation for negotiating climate change negotiation. It covers some critical issues and determining factors in such negotiations.



Zakaria, M. (2015), "Knowledge management and global climate change regime negotiations", Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 53-62.



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