A new guidance note from GIZ and Ricardo Energy and Environment gives an overview on what countries need to do under the Paris Agreement in terms of setting out their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), implementing them, and tracking progress in doing this (transparency).
The Paris Agreement, which was agreed at COP 21 in December 2015 and came into force in November
2016, provides the framework for global action on climate change. It has three key objectives (Article 2):
- Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 °C.
- Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.
- Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
This guidance note focuses on the first objective. It captures the state of play on NDCs and transparency and explains what has happened so far, what is coming up and what policy officials might want to consider over the coming years as they plan climate policy and action in their respective countries. It includes the outcomes of COP 24 at Katowice. These outcomes, known as the Katowice Climate Package, provide Parties with guidance on how the requirements of the Paris Agreement will be met in key areas, and updates in other areas where decisions have not yet been finalised.
Get up to speed with the Katovice Climate Package by reading the new paper: ‘Next steps under the Paris Agreement and the Katowice Climate Package‘.