Discussion Point

The Paris Agreement adopted: What now for Clima East Partner countries?
December 18, 2015

When the President of the COP, Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement to a rapturous applause of the delegates to the COP on Saturday, 12 December, the majority of commentators speaking to the media were of the view that this was the moment when humanity solved the problems of climate change. They agreed that the Paris Agreement was a landmark after which all parties to the Agreement will set out in harmony to deliver jointly the strengthened long term goal, enshrined in the new agreement. 

In fact, the Agreement and its proponents will face the reality check of further negotiations that are intended to put flesh on the bones of the future climate regime, and much can still go awry. The “flesh on the bones” will determine new obligations of parties joining the Agreement, which will increase pressure on domestic policies and the administrations responsible for implementing these policies. Many countries will need support and capacity building to address the new challenges. Clima East partner countries are among those that will require at least some help in implementing the outcomes of Paris and their follow-up in the years to come.

Dr. Marzena Chodor, Clima East Key Expert, who participated to COP21, proposes a report on the Paris Agreement and its future implications for the Clima East Partner countries. 


The report is available in English and in Russian 

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