Addressing the climate change sustainable development nexus: the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships

Abstract : While calls are being made to deal with the linkages between climate change and sustainable development to arrive at an integrated policy, concrete steps in this direction have been very limited so far. One of the possible instruments through which both issues may be approached simultaneously is a multi-stakeholder partnership, a form of governance with the potential to address existing regulatory, participation, resource and learning gaps as it harnesses the strengths of private, public and nonprofit partners. There is some insight into partnerships for climate change, but largely limited to developed countries, and those in developing countries most often do not involve companies. To help fill this gap, this paper explores the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in addressing climate change and sustainable development in developing-country settings. It elaborates on the governance function of partnerships, on actor involvement, the gaps addressed as well as synergies and trade-offs in the climate change-sustainable development nexus and how partnerships may help address them. As the number of such partnerships is still limited, we discuss seven illustrative partnerships, and draw conclusions as to further conceptualizations, and implications for research and practice.
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Jonatan Pinkse, Ans Kolk. Addressing the climate change sustainable development nexus: the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Business and Society, SAGE Publications, 2012, 51 (1), pp.176-210. ⟨10.1177/0007650311427426⟩. ⟨hal-00707337⟩

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