For country commitments to form the basis of an effectively functioning agreement, a framework of international climate machinery needs to be built around them.
The United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China ahead of the G20 Summit. The move brings the world firmly within range of hitting the threshold needed for the climate agreement to "enter into force"—which could happen as soon as this month.
The Paris Climate Agreement will only take effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions formally join it. Recent action from Cameroon, Brazil, Iran and Ukraine make it more likely that will happen this year.
Climate negotiations have shifted from what the Paris Agreement is to how it will be accomplished. The Bonn climate talks were the first opportunity to develop the rules and tools needed to truly put the Agreement into action.
We have reached the mid-point for the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, and negotiators are hard at work hammering out details on a range of issues, including the transparency and accountability requirements under the Paris Agreement. Delegates know that if approached correctly, these transparency and accountability provisions can catalyze greater efforts to curb emissions and build resilience to the consequences of climate change.
Below, we break down why it is so important for negotiators to get transparency and accountability under the Paris Agreement right – and a number...
This week, the newly created Ad hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), which consists of all 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, is meeting for the first time in Bonn, Germany. The Paris Agreement established the principles and framework of the new international climate regime, and over the coming years the APA must work out the crucial details that will make this framework a reality.
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Now that 195 countries have adopted the Paris Agreement, they must develop the rules, processes and guidelines for how it will deliver the goals it's promised. New WRI research provides a to-do list for negotiators.
Analysis offers specific recommendations for how to move forward in key areas, including finance, mitigation, adaptation, transparency and accountability
Advancing the Key Elements of the Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is a hugely significant step towards reaching a zero-carbon and resilient world. But challenges remain if we are to limit temperature rise and increase capacity to adapt to climate impacts. Those challenges include: the alignment of financial flows towards zero-carbon and...