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In December 1990 the UNGA adopted resolution 45/212, this initiated 40 CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS IN EUROPE negotiations by establishing the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). It is evident that as a result of the dissemination of knowledge (discourse), it was determined that various international bodies needed to be established in order to work toward a global agreement regarding climate change management. The INC/FCCC first met in June 1991 at which time it set up two working groups: Working Group I – Commitments (to limit and reduce the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs); protect and enhance sinks and reservoirs; provide adequate financial resources to enable developing countries to meet incremental costs; facilitate the transfer of technology on a fair and equitable basis; and address the special needs of developing countries); and Working Group II – Institutional and Legal Mechanisms.
Alternatively, it could be argued that such governmental workings are demonstrative of the consensus oriented nature of German politics and comply with Habermas’ contention that all parties should be able to partake in discourse. Events and ideas have been highlighted that have put pressure on the German government to follow certain domestic and foreign policies. 4 According to Von Weizsäcker he soon brought both national and international recognition to the ministry. Helped by the Commission [European] and by France, Denmark and the Netherlands, he pushed the Large Combustion Plants Directive through the EC Council… He also took a leading role internationally on such topics as protection of the North Sea, the rain forests, global warming and the ecological reconstruction of Eastern Europe.
Lees (2005) also includes academic research institutes and non-governmental organisations in his discussion on the input of parapublic institutions to the consensual political system. Contributions from such institutions are included in the analysis of the development of the German position for the WSSD in chapter four. The political features as described above create an environment in which consensual politics can flourish. This propensity for multiparticipatory and consensual politics has allowed the ideas and concerns of various sectors of the community to be considered in the development of climate change related environmental politics and policies.