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Six months have passed since world leaders converged on Paris and struck the historic Paris Agreement, a turning point to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient world. The Bonn climate talks have been negotiators’ first opportunity to develop the rules and tools needed to truly put the Agreement into action. As Jo Tyndall, one the co-chairs of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), put it, this is like becoming a parent. After giving birth to the Paris Agreement, negotiators will now have to grapple with the joys and challenges of raising their new child to maturity.

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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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Staying on Track from Paris

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...

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