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Fariborz Zelli

Fariborz Zelli

Professor | Principal Investigator BECC

Fariborz Zelli

Policy brief: The fragmentation of international climate politics


  • Fariborz Zelli
  • Johannes Stripple

Summary, in English

Over the last decades, there has been a rapid increase of the number of climate change initiatives outside the UNFCCC. In research this is referred to as ‘institutional fragmentation’, and it encompasses a wide range of public, private and hybrid initiatives, at various levels of governance. This development is extensively discussed in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report AR5. Chapters 13-16 of the Working Group III contribution to the AR5 highlight that institutional fragmentation has meanwhile drawn more attention in UNFCCC-internal discussions. The changing climate policy arena raises new issues and may offer new opportunities to advance climate change mitigation and adaption.


  • Department of Political Science
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

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BECC policy brief


  • Public Administration Studies
  • Climate Research