Curb your enthusiasm: Corona may slow down multilateral process, but must not derail global climate policy

Bauer, Steffen / Clara Brandi / Gabriela Iacobuta
External Publications (2020)

published on 02.04.2020


The UK government together with UN climate officials announced that the UN climate change conference “COP26” that was set to convene in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2020, will be postponed into 2021 in response to the ongoing Corona crisis. Concomitantly, the UNFCCC has decided to reschedule its intermediary round of negotiations, which were set to convene in Bonn in early June, to 4-12 October 2020. This hardly comes as a surprise, yet poses an unprecedented challenge for the multilateral climate process, which stands at the doorstep of a new era even without “COVID-19.”

About the authors

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist


Brandi, Clara

Economy and Political Science


Iacobuta, Gabriela

Climate and sustainable development policy


Further experts

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Dippel, Beatrice


Donnelly, Aiveen

Politcal Science 

Ekoh, Susan S.

Environmental Research 

Goedeking, Nicholas

Comparative Political Economy 

Hägele, Ramona

Political Scientist 

Lehmann, Ina

Political Science 

Malerba, Daniele


Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Never, Babette

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Pegels, Anna


Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

Agricultural Economist