This paper was prepared for the Argentine G20 presidency by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a contribution to the Climate Sustainability Working Group. The paper identifies issues that should be considered in the development of long-term strategies. It invites countries to learn from the experiences of countries that have already developed long-term strategies while building on and complementing existing domestic processes.
There is growing recognition of the strong connections between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, which were adopted only three months apart in 2015.
The Paris Agreement calls for Parties to communicate their long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies by 2020. Achala Abeysinghe looks at how to ensure good governance for these strategies.
Drawing on experience in 11 countries and the European Union, this paper provides core elements and concrete examples for jointly advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and climate actions under the Paris Agreement. Five key challenges are explored: coordinating institutions, aligning national climate and SDG-relevant targets, mainstreaming both set of goals into policy planning, optimizing financial resources, and building mutually reinforcing monitoring and reporting frameworks.
125 participants, including policymakers, donors, and technical experts from nearly 50 countries convened in Bangkok for this two-day workshop to focus on developing national long-term strategies under the Paris Agreement.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change establishes the long-term goal of keeping global temperature increases to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels (and aiming for 1.5 degrees Celsius) to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Acting Now for a Sustainable Tomorrow
Countries should integrate sustainable development into their climate planning.
Negotiators will meet in Bonn from 30 April to 10 May 2018 to focus on writing the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement, as well as to participate in the Talanoa Dialogue to take stock of collective efforts to address global warming. WRI experts will participate in the Talanoa Dialogue and other official side events.
Members of the international community are meeting in Bonn to continue the Talanoa Dialogue, a year-long process designed to evaluate current NDCs. As hundreds of submissions highlight the potential of existing commitments and the urgency to enhance them, key messages are beginning to emerge.
The Paris Agreement sets a vision to transform the global economy; now it is time for countries to draw their roadmaps for the coming decades to make it reality.
Under the Paris Agreement, Parties have agreed to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.
Six countries -- Benin, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States -- have already shared their long-term strategies for long-term climate action. They offer some lessons for other countries that are about to do the same.
This paper sheds light on the initial long-term strategies that have been submitted to the UNFCCC and identifies key considerations for countries that are preparing to develop such strategies.
Under the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, countries agreed to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). While current national commitments are a substantial improvement, projected warming is still on course to produce dangerous climate impacts. Fortunately, several features of the Agreement can help strengthen national commitments over the long term.