ACT (2015) Working Paper: Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement - Suggestions for the Legal Text With an Explanatory Memorandum.
Since 2011, countries have been meeting regularly to negotiate a new international Climate Agreement, with the goal of adopting that Agreement at the end of 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Convention) in Paris. Climate change is now imminent. Changes in weather patterns including extreme weather events are impacting every nation on Earth, and impacts are being felt most severely by the poor and vulnerable. Many solutions are available and being implemented, but they are not yet being deployed at the scale or speed required to accomplish an orderly transition to a low-carbon, and climate-resilient economy. The 2015 Agreement in Paris represents a critical opportunity to send unambiguous signals that the world will shift its economic and social activity toward more climatefriendly and sustainable pathways.
The Agreement for Climate Transformation (ACT) Consortium is an initiative that brings together a group of climate experts from around the world.1 Over the past two years, the consortium has convened a series of meetings with stakeholders representing multiple interests and geographic areas, in order to discuss and develop ideas that would inform the COP process. The consortium has also undertaken research and analysis to support these discussions. The result of this work is a suggested legal text for the 2015 Paris Agreement, which, it is hoped, will provide valuable input for consideration by stakeholders in the run-up to the meeting.The suggested legal text takes account of the current negotiating text developed by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), but it goes further in attempting to reconcile many different viewpoints and strike a balance that will contribute to the development of a final Agreement that is fair, equitable and effective in realizing the goals of the Convention. The purpose of the suggested legal text is to provide ideas for the consideration by Parties.
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