by Adrian Macey, New Zealand’s former Climate Change Ambassador and a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
Other factors contributing to the success of COP21 were the lessons that had been learned from the failures at Copenhagen in 2009, and, even more important, a much evolved international context, which the presidency shrewdly brought to bear on the negotiations.
Reactions to COP21 have ranged from jubilation – displayed by Ban Ki Moon, the French leaders and UNFCCC head Christiana Figueres on the podium – to dismay at yet another inadequate effort by the international community. But the Paris Agreement cannot be assessed independently of its contexts, both domestic and international.
For more of Adrian's thoughts see the rest of this article at Policy Quarterly.