G20’s participation in global climate governance: motivation, agenda and impact

DONG Liang1

(1.Institute of Asian Studies, China Foreign Affairs University)

【Abstract】In recent years, G20 attaches great importance to climate change, and its role is increasingly indispensable. This importance is determined by its inherent attributes. First, the regime contains advocates of emission reduction like the EU. Second, national factions within the group are similar to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation. Third, the issue of climate change which is repeatedly embedded in economic issues has become part of the process of institutionalization. In the external relations, the continuity of global climate governance context for G20 provides discussion and the formation of emission reduction actions in different time and space; interaction with the UNFCCC for G20 has maintained basically the same climate issues, such as responsibility and funding. As a result, G20 has gained momentum for continued participation in global climate change governance, which is reflected in its political commitment to negotiations under the UNFCCC framework, and the adoption of normative initiatives to shape climate governance and sustainable development to provide a new content and principle.

【Keywords】 G20; Paris Agreement; global climate governance; motivation; agenda; regime competition; UNFCCC;


【Funds】 Project for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team by Ministry of Education of China (CWZD201405).

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CN: 22-1180/C

Vol 26, No. 02, Pages 59-70+128

March 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 Motivation for G20’s participation in the global climate governance
  • 2 Evolution of G20’s global climate agenda
  • 3 Hangzhou G20 Summit and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement
  • 4 Impact of G20 on the global climate governance
  • 5 Conclusion
  • References