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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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KIESSLING, Christopher. Internalization of the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities: Interpretations from the Brazilian Civil Society. Letras Verdes [online]. 2019, n.25, pp.8-28.  Epub Mar 01, 2019. ISSN 1390-6631.

The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities has been a constitutive norm since the origins of the global climate policy. The traditional interpretation of this norm maintains that different levels of environmental protection should be expected between developed countries and emerging and/or developing countries. However, this interpretation began to be questioned and challenged by civil society actors, both globally and in particular domestic contexts. This article describes the process of localization of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in the Brazilian domestic discourse of organized civil society on climate change between the years 2005 and 2015, from a constructivist perspective of International Relations. To achieve this objective, the different interpretations and reinterpretations of the principle by non-state actors in Brazil are presented.

Keywords : Brazil; civil society; climate change; International Relations; nongovernmental organizations.

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