In this series of opinion pieces, leading thinkers from developing countries share their perspectives on what happens next after the Paris climate agreement and how countries shall deliver their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The Paris Agreement is widely viewed by climate negotiators as an ambitious outcome, following years of inertia in the global climate talks. It commits countries to keep average global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and as close to 1.5 degrees as possible. It is the first global climate agreement to call for action in tackling climate change across the spectrum of developed and developing countries.
In the run-up to the Paris climate conference – the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21) – countries were invited to submit their climate plans, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs. These commitments alone do not add up to sufficient reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the primary cause of man-made global warming. This leaves a gap which must urgently be addressed in the near future. The Paris Agreement recognises this gap, calling on countries to review their commitments every five years.
Read on for insights from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) on what the Paris Agreement means for developing countries, and for global investment flows:
• Pakistan has a long way to go to get from intended to implemented by Ali T. Sheikh
• After Paris: About money and determination by Mihir Bhatt, India
• After Paris: Perspective by Ram Chandra Khanal, Nepal
• Follow Paris Agreement with green investment deals by Ari Huhtala
• Paris Agreement: Opportunities and challenges for developing countries by Munjurul Hannan Khan, Bangladesh
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