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: Partnerships with local governments, partnerships for technology co-operation and strategies for communication are necessary elements in government strategies to respond to climate change. These themes emerged from the 1997 OECD Forum on Climate Change. Opening the Forum to representatives of the financial community, the insurance industry and the "green" business sector as well as to local government, environmental non-governmental organisations, and developing country experts, brought fresh thinking to the forefront in the lead up to Kyoto and COP-3. This book contains a selection of papers from the meeting and the "rapporteur's" report. Its contents begin to address how best to mobilise global efforts to respond to climate change and define the role of governments.