Environmental Diplomacy

  • Amandine OrsiniEmail author
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


This chapter defines environmental diplomacy and traces back its development on the international scene. It insists both on the content of environmental diplomacy and on its format. Because environmental diplomacy was long seen as secondary by governments, this sidelining gave it more freedom and helped it develop distinctive features that explain its current dynamism as detailed in this chapter. In terms of content, others could learn from environmental diplomacy through its ability to constantly offer new principles while having no qualms about being in an awkward position regarding existing models in order to increase effectiveness. In terms of format, others could learn from environmental diplomacy the importance of transparency in discussions, participation by all, and collective dynamics allowing highly diverse interests to be taken into account.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Saint-Louis – BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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