For developing countries, he says, climate change is not only a matter of mitigation or adaptation; it is a crosscutting issue of disaster management, desertification, biodiversity, trade, and, above all, development.
Mueller says the points in finding a way forward for an international climate regime beyond 2012 are:
* resist attempts to force climate change into a ghetto and ensure that issues of adaptation and impacts are not driven off-stage in the course of negotiating a post-2012 mitigation regime
* keep the Kyoto-track (i.e. differentiated mandatory emission caps & flexibilities) negotiations for industrialised countries
* make provisions for “as-if-Parties” who are willing (and able) to play by the rules of the treaty but have not managed to (or cannot) get formal ratification by their governments
* engage developing countries by addressing their emissions without imposing additional economic burdens.
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