Published 2020-02-19

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Climate actors’ attitudes to leadership surveyed

At each climate summit since Bali (2007), Mistra researcher Björn-Ola Linnér and his colleagues have surveyed summit participants from all over the world. Their International Negotiations Survey shows, for example, that negotiators, government representatives and non-governmental delegates alike set great store by the side activities going on alongside the negotiations.

In the International Negotiations Survey (INS), they have posed questions, especially to non-governmental participants, about climate leadership; who the respondents see as leaders; what roles they consider important; and more. They usually receive thousands of responses every year, and over time their survey has evolved into a barometer of attitudes among the world’s climate actors.

‘In total, we’ve received 13,000 responses to our surveys,’ Linnér says.

The 2019 INS responses are being analysed by the research team. Later this year, they will head to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) headquarters in Bonn to announce their results.

Since 2007, one question they have asked is about the importance of the side activities that always take place during a climate summit. There, the survey responses clearly show that negotiators, government representatives and non-state participants alike see great value in the scope provided by the negotiations for mutual learning, exchange of experience, presentation of proposed solutions and networking.

‘That’s very significant when the time comes for climate policy to be implemented on the domestic front. Personally, I think the side activities in Madrid were the most rewarding ones, alongside all the discussions that happen during breaks and so on,’ Linnér says.

More on the INS surveys at the COP summits:

Text: Thomas Heldmark