Track 0 has a new animated video – The Paris Agreement in a Nutshell. This three-minute video explains the 2015 Paris Agreement and how it will help to address climate change and promote the sustainable development goals. It also highlights the need for further ambition by governments and businesses. The video is being released today in celebration of the Agreement’s entry into force. We hope you find it a useful tool to share!
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Here is an expanded version of the script for anyone who wants a simple explanation of the Paris Agreement:
Scientists have been warning the world about the risks of climate change for nearly 30 years.
In 1992, the international community adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention’s mission is to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol created binding emissions targets for developed countries and helped establish global carbon markets. But Kyoto’s success was limited. It was never ratified by the US, and could not create the conditions for transformational change.
The 2015 Paris Agreement is different.
Its goals and commitments are finely balanced in defining the collective action of all countries including support for developing countries for adaptation to climate impacts and for actions that reduce emissions and help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Agreement enters into legal force on 4 November and already has 94 Parties accounting for 66% of global emissions. Many more are expected to join the agreement by the end of the year, making it one of the fastest multilateral agreements ever to enter into legal force.
As a public international legal agreement, Paris focuses primarily on countries. But it also breaks new legal ground by creating platforms for businesses, investors and other non-state actors to step up climate action.
Many governments, businesses, cities and investors are already acting to implement Paris and the Sustainable Development Goals also adopted by the UN in 2015. For example, the Non-State Actors Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) lists over 11,000 commitments from these actors already. These front-runners recognise the era of fossil fuels is over, and are already reaping new opportunities by switching to 100% renewable energy.
Future global and domestic regulation and financing will be defined by the three goals set out in the Paris Agreement:
- Phase out of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century so global temperatures stay well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels or the safer limit of 1.5°C;
- Enhance adaptation and build resilience to climate impacts; and
- Re-orientate all financial flows away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean forms of development.
The scale and pace of change will be determined by “nationally determined contributions” or NDCs that each Party must put forward. NDCs must:
- Show conformity with the three goals,
- Be based on the highest level of ambition possible for that Party, and
- Be submitted every five years ensuring a progression on previous NDCs
Paris isn’t perfect.
The current round of NDCs does not add up to the pathway for “well below 2°C”, let alone the safer 1.5°C. And financial flows must be increased and greened faster and flow to all countries, especially those on the front lines of climate impacts and who are already facing climate related loss and damage.
But governments are legally bound to take stock of their efforts and their NDCs in 2018. This will give them a unique opportunity to take into account the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the emissions pathways needed for 1.5°C.
Likewise, to help address the risk of climate change, and to take advantage of opportunities, smart businesses and investors must reassess their climate targets and business models.
Everyone’s actions must align with Paris and the Sustainable Development Goals.