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The Paris Agreement on climate change has paved the way for a low-carbon future. While implementing the agreement, it will be crucial however that negative impacts of response measures are properly addressed. 

The increasingly interconnected nature of the global economy means that the impacts of climate change mitigation measures, or response measures, are not confined within the borders of countries implementing them. To make the transition to a low-GHG economy just and equitable, it is therefore necessary that response measures are implemented in a way that ensures, amongst others, a just transition of the workforce as well.

One possibility to achieve this is through economic diversification and trade has an important role to play in this. Global value chains are playing an increasingly important role in our interconnected world and it is within value chains that countries will be looking for and finding various routes for economic diversification.

This event, organised by UNCTAD, looked at the role of value chains in the interface between response measures and trade.

ICTSD was represented by Andrei Marcu, Director, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition and Senior Fellow, ICTSD.

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The Role of Response Measures in Ensuring the Sustainable Transition to a Low-GHG Economy
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Climate change poses tremendous risks for growth and development and therefore requires ambitious and immediate action.

The Paris Agreement, with its universal character, represents an unprecedented commitment to tackle the climate challenge: its signatories aim to peak emissions as soon as possible and to decarbonise the global economy in the second half of the century.

The success of the Paris Agreement will require supportive policies across many areas, including with regard to trade. Policies to achieve the goal of a low-carbon economy range from trade liberalisation for climate-friendly goods and services to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies or providing space for climate-friendly subsidies. At the same time, the decentralised nature of the new climate agreement built on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) will likely generate increasing spillover effects on trade, testing the limits of trade rules and possibly undermining climate goals. Recent political developments add uncertainty about the levels of mitigation action that can be expected.

Developing countries, who are are the most exposed to the effects of climate change, will need to accelerate their adaptation measures, while also being expected to take an active part in climate mitigation for the first time. While the challenges are considerable, climate action supported by trade may also offer co-benefits in terms of economic development.

This dialogue will explore key interactions between trade, development and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The objective is to create an informed, open and constructive exchange to drive more coherent policy-making and development cooperation where the potential for trade to positively contribute to the climate action effort is realised, while ensuring that climate measures do not unnecessarily distort trade but rather promote an open economic system that contributes to sustainable, equitable and inclusive development.

For registration, please send an email to Rickard.Natjehall@sida.se by May 19th.

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 3:16pm

The Paris Agreement recognises cooperative approaches as an important element in the climate change mitigation effort. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement includes several provisions to this end.

However, before the agreement enters into force, a substantial amount of work needs to be done. It is necessary to arrive at a common understanding and reach consensus on the concrete meaning of the various provisions in order to help ensure that the opportunities for collaboration are seized and effectively contribute to achieving the agreement’s goals. Moreover, operationalising the article will also require technical work, such as establishing the modalities and procedures for the new mechanism or defining the accounting guidance for internationally transferred mitigation outcomes. 

This side-event will convene climate negotiators for a dialogue based on informal discussions as well as exchanges at the SB 44, with the objective of helping to arrive at a common understanding on Article 6.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 9 November at 17:30-19:00 in the IETA Pavilion of the COP, located in the Business Hub of the Blue Zone.

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Date: 9 November 2016

Time: 17:30-19:00

Participants must have COP 22 badges to access the event.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 5:12pm

The Paris Agreement recognises cooperative approaches as an important element in the climate change mitigation effort. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement includes several provisions to this end. However, before the agreement enters into force, a substantial amount of work needs to be done at the political and technical level in order to operationalise this article.

This meeting will be the third of the project “Implementation of markets and non-market provisions in the Paris Agreement”. It will bring together carbon market negotiators in an informal setting with the objective to explore, discover, explain and understand different points of view related to the issues in Article 6. That purpose is to understand the options available to define rules, modalities and procedures on Article 6, as well as the consequences of adopting each option. It will also seek to understand why the different views are held.  

The discussions are free and informal, and will be held under Chatham House rule. This process is totally separate from the UNFCCC negotiating process. There is no intention or mandate to produce any text or negotiate an outcome.

Participation is by invitation only.

 

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International Cooperation Under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Reflections Before SB 44
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Saturday, 5 November 2016 - 5:03pm to Sunday, 6 November 2016 - 5:03pm