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The Approach

The Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) initiative is a consortium of the world’s top climate experts from developing and developed countries that has joined together to catalyze discussion and build momentum toward reaching a global climate agreement at the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in December 2015. Since early 2014, the ACT 2015 consortium has conducted in-depth research and global engagement with key stakeholders to explore the core elements of the Paris Agreement and identify options for addressing them in an ambitious and effective post-2020 regime.

The consortium has conducted in-depth research and analysis on key aspects of the 2015 agreement and the key political challenges and opportunities posed in moving toward an outcome in Paris.

To inform its analysis, the consortium presented options for the agreement, including three potential propositions for the overall structure of the agreement, in a series of workshops around the world. The workshops were held in a wide range of developed countries, major emerging economies, least developed countries, and small island developing States. In the workshops, the consortium engaged stakeholders and decision makers and enabled key government officials and business and civil society leaders to understand the implications of various options for the agreement and links to national priorities.

Based on its in-depth research and the wide range of inputs gained through the workshops, the ACT 2015 consortium combined its findings into a proposal that was launched in December 2014 at the 20th Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. “Elements and Ideas for the 2015 Paris Agreement” illustrates how the international agreement can play the most effective role in shifting the world toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy in a fair and timely manner.

Based on that working paper, as well as further analysis, the ACT 2015 consortium has developed a proposed set of suggestions for the legal text for the Paris agreement. The consortium sees these proposals as having the greatest potential for catalyzing an effective, fair, and ambitious transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient future in both developed and developing countries.

The consortium’s proposals will provide a key input to policymakers, negotiators and wider stakeholders during the drafting stage of the new international agreement. They are accompanied by an explanatory memorandum that describes the choices made during the construction of the suggested legal text.