SETTING THE PARIS AGREEMENT IN MOTION: KEY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES

/ 2018
Yamide Dagnet
Nathan Cogswell
Eliza Northrop
Niklas Höhne
Joe Thwaites
Cynthia Elliott
Neil Bird
Amy Kirbyshire
Sebastian Oberthür
Marcelo Rocha
Kelly Levin
Pedro Barata

The world’s governments are working toward a December 2018 deadline to adopt the foundational elements of the implementing guidelines to operationalize the 2015 Paris Agreement. This paper seeks to support negotiators by addressing the significant challenges and gaps that remain to achieving clear, robust, and cohesive guidelines. It provides both an overarching vision and practical suggestions for implementing the guidelines during every phase of the Paris Agreement’s implementation—planning, implementing, and reviewing. For each element of the Agreement that requires guidance—ranging from common timeframes and cooperative processes to communicating and reviewing national or collective progress—the authors identify core requirements alongside suggestions for crafting effective guidelines. 

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