26 December 2016, Monday
EDA Releases Insight on Marrakesh Climate Conference and Future Expectations

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight policy brief titled The UN Marrakesh Climate Change Conference: Aligning the UNFCCC with the Post-Paris Era.

The UN Marrakesh Climate Change Conference in November 2016 concluded a year of tremendous success in global climate governance, with the Paris Agreement on climate change entering into force on 4 November 2016 – less than a year after its adoption.

This Insight argues that in the post-Paris world the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will have three fundamental functions to fulfil: making the Paris Agreement functional; sending strong political messages to provide certainty for investments; and catalysing thematic multi-stakeholder coalitions that drive the global economic transformation.

The Insight evaluates how Marrakesh conference, also known as COP 22, delivered in these three areas and looks at expectations going forward.

Regarding the third area outlined above, the paper closes with initial proposals on how the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states could support global climate action in ways that also promote economic diversification and regional cooperation.

Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant.

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