CAN Briefing: Linkages and recommendations for Parties on the Paris rulebook relating to Articles 4, 6, and 13 of the Paris Agreement, August 2018

 

With only a single technical session remaining before the COP24 negotiations at which the Paris implementing guidelines will be adopted, it is clear that the new mechanisms, frameworks and rules being negotiated in different rooms will need to be connected in order to ensure that the Paris Agreement provides the necessary tools for countries to meet their emission reduction objectives. While the Paris Agreement sets up a plethora of new or updated processes and mechanisms, it should be structured as one coherent package, rather than a set of isolated measures. Therefore, Parties will need to identify all the links between various articles of the Paris Agreement, and ensure that these are properly referenced in the Paris rulebook.

This CAN briefing will focus on the interlinkages between Articles 4, 6, and 13. It is therefore not meant as a definitive guide on interlinkages and should be read in conjunction with other resources providing guidance on connections between other areas of the Paris Agreement. The new flexible mechanisms set up under Article 6 must be inscribed within the Paris Agreement’s overall transparency framework and be consistent with the definitions and objectives established under Article 4 of the Paris Agreement. In particular, Article 6 mechanisms should contribute to, rather than impede, the objectives laid out in Article 4, including those relating to the progression of ambition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the extension of NDC scope to economy wide objectives.

The briefing summarises interlinkages CAN has identified between Articles 4, 6 and 13, at a paragraph level. We invite all negotiators to draw from it in order to inform their meeting on linkages on September 3 and throughout the rest of the week at the Bangkok Climate Change Conference (SB48-2 and APA 1-6).

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