According to the annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 2015. Projections suggest that CO2 concentrations will remain at this level for the year 2016 and will not reduce for many generations ahead. With the Paris Agreement set to enter into force on 04 November 2016 and the urgency of responding to the impacts of climate change, Parties to the UNFCCC have committed to scale up and accelerate their pre-2020 climate actions.
In a Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) published by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the policies, technologies and initiatives covered in the 2016 technical expert meetings (TEMs) of the technical examination processes (TEPs) on mitigation and adaptation are captured. It helps Parties identify options and opportunities for beginning the work necessary to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Download the report, Climate Action Now: Summary for Policymakers 2015 here. On the other hand, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Ricardo Energy & Environment published a guide designed to support planning for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation. This Quick-Start Guide takes Parties through a three-step process: preparatory work; developing the NDC implementation plan; and delivery the plan. Download the guidance document, Planning for NDC Implementation: A Quick-Start Guide here. Finally, an NDC Platform was also launched by the World Bank. The platform aims to identify the needs, priorities and resource gaps for countries as they transform targets into actions. Based on a comprehensive mapping exercise, the NDC Platform provides a full picture of the detailed targets, implementation plans, and where available, self-reported cost estimates from countries that have submitted NDCs. To access the World Bank NDC Platform, click here.
To learn more about mitigation updates relating to these new sources made available, visit http://sdg.iisd.org.