Informal Forum on the Implementation of markets and non-market provisions in the Paris Agreement (Article 6)

The new climate agreement, reached in Paris in December 2015, covers markets and non-market approaches in Article 6.

While this is an important achievement of the Paris Agreement, operationalising the article will require a substantial amount of political and technical decisions to be taken. The Informal Forum on Implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC process brings together negotiators from across the spectrum of Parties to the UNFCCC, in an informal discussion willing to explore, discover, explain and understand different points of view related to the issues in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in order to contribute towards arriving at a common understanding so that the opportunities for collaboration are seized and effectively contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

The discussions will be free and informal, held under Chatham House rules. Above all, this process is completely separate from the UNFCCC negotiating process. There is no intention, or mandate, to produce any text or negotiate an outcome.

The sessions generally begin with a presentation from ICTSD, followed by reflections from participating negotiators. At the end of each meeting, ICTSD will not produce a summary, but a Reflection Note based on what the Chair took away from the discussions.

This project is made possible through contributions received from a number of donors including Australia, Canada, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the World Bank.

The project is managed by Mr. Andrei Marcu, Senior Fellow at ICTSD, working in collaboration with the ICTSD team in Geneva.