Full Title: Re-Invigorating the UN Climate Regime in the Wider Landscape of Climate Action
Author(s): Harro van Asselt, Lavanya Rajamani, Kaveh Guilanpour, and Sebastian Oberthür
Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publication Date: November 18, 2023
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Parties will complete the first global stocktake (GST) under the Paris Agreement in 2023, presenting an important opportunity to reflect more widely on the UN climate regime (the regime). The world is a very different place from when the Paris Agreement was negotiated. This moment invites consideration of whether there is room for improvement to ensure that the agreement is fit for an evolving purpose and responsive to a dynamic and challenging geopolitical context.
This report first examines whether the logic of the regime, and the Paris Agreement in particular, is effective.The report then examines how the regime’s “norm-setting” function can be strengthened to make it fit for an evolving purpose, remain functionally relevant, and deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement. Finally, this report reviews the regime’s catalytic role in the wider landscape of climate action.