Transparency of Action and Support under the Paris Agreement

27 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2016

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Harro van Asselt

Stockholm Environment Institute; University of Eastern Finland

Romain Weikmans

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Centre of Studies on Sustainable Development

J. Timmons Roberts

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Achala Abeysinghe

International Institute for Environment and Development

Date Written: October 24, 2016

Abstract

One of the key elements of the Paris Agreement is its “enhanced transparency framework”, set out in Article 13. This paper offers an analysis of some of the major questions raised by the Paris Agreement with regard to transparency, in the form of a commentary on Article 13 as well as other related provisions of the Paris Agreement and Decision 1/CP.21. It identifies several areas where the Paris Agreement has left gaps in building a comprehensive and coherent transparency system, and offers recommendations on next steps with critical elements of the framework, including, inter alia: flexibility; relationship with the global stocktake, the compliance mechanism and other elements of the Paris Agreement; accounting for financial support received; reporting on non-financial support; and capacity building for transparency.

Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Finance, Paris Agreement, Transparency, UNFCCC

JEL Classification: Q54, K32

Suggested Citation

van Asselt, Harro and Weikmans, Romain and Roberts, J. Timmons and Abeysinghe, Achala, Transparency of Action and Support under the Paris Agreement (October 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859151 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2859151

Harro Van Asselt (Contact Author)

Stockholm Environment Institute ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

PO Box 111
Joensuu, 80100
Finland

Romain Weikmans

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Centre of Studies on Sustainable Development ( email )

Avenue Buyl,145
Brussels, B-1050
Belgium

J. Timmons Roberts

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs ( email )

111 Thayer Street
Box 1970
Providence, RI 02912-1970
United States

Achala Abeysinghe

International Institute for Environment and Development ( email )

London WC1H 0DD
United States

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