Apart from the fascinating details of the Kyoto process, a number of more general lessons can be derived from the negotiating process. These are related to the importance of leadership, including the ability of the European Union to exert such leadership in international environmental affairs (Section 1.1), and the outstanding role of certain situational factors in bringing about the final agreement (Section 1.2). Furthermore, the Kyoto process provides clear signs of the evolving role of climate policy in world politics on the threshold to the 21st century as well as of the intergovernmental and non-governmental character of politics in this field (Section 1.3).
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