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LDCs and the Paris Agreement: moving from international commitments to national implementation

A series of webinars will bring together participants from least developed countries to discuss their strategies to implement the Paris Agreement and share their diverse experiences and lessons learned.

The Paris Agreement offers a global framework to work together to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Paris Agreement implementation officially kicks off this year and to achieve its goals, it’s critical that we increase ambition, achieve net-zero emissions and improve climate resilience. 

A new IIED webinar series, launching at the start of August, will bring together practitioners from least developed countries (LDCs) with global practitioners, technical experts and other stakeholders to share their experiences in implementing the Paris Agreement in their national frameworks and policies. Participants will also explore the opportunities and challenges in bringing the agreement to life. 

The LDCs are both the most affected by climate change and the smallest contributors to it, yet they are still proactively working at national level to put the goals of the Paris Agreement into practice. LDCs are leading global ambition on climate action: designing long-term, low-carbon development strategies, reporting on progress towards their mitigation and adaptation actions, and finding new solutions to the consequences of climate change.

Speakers in the webinar series will share experiences and updates from their own countries, reporting on progress since the agreement’s ratification in 2016, and consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected work on their implementation activities.  

The first webinar took place on Tuesday, 4 August and discussed ‘What does the Paris Agreement’s transparency framework mean for the least developed countries?‘  If you were not able to join the session, you can now watch a full recording available on IIED’s YouTube channel.

The second webinar on ‘Experience sharing on long-term strategies in least developed countries‘ took place on Thursday, 13 August and focused on the experiences of LDCs currently in the process of developing their long-term strategies. (Recording and write-up to come soon, please watch this space!)

The final webinar, hosted by IIED in partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) on Tuesday, 8 September (11am-12.30pm GMT+1), will examine ‘Loss and damage – research, policy and lived experience in LDCs’. 

This discussion will feature LDC national experts sharing their lived experiences of loss and damage, and to ensure that loss and damage remains a priority issue in the lead up to and at COP26.

Register today for the final webinar on 8 September 2020.

Please visit LDCs in the Paris Agreement, webinar series by IIED, for more information.

Image (above): Farmer, Mali, credit IFPRI.

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