Country-to-country Review Under Next Climate Treaty

Mar 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Books, Publication

2014-03-06-211901_1440x900_scrotIn December 2011 countries agreed – through the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) – to negotiate a new treaty by 2015. Many proposals for this agreement include a mechanism through which countries’ “contributions” to the 2015 agreement and beyond will be reviewed by other countries pre-and/or post-adoption. The extent to which national contributions reflect goals determined domestically (a “bottom up” system) or negotiated targets (a “top-down” approach) remains a central topic of discussion, as do the nature of the contributions themselves and how they will be distributed across countries. But regardless of how these balances are stuck, some form of country-to-country review seems likely to play a significant role in the post-2015 climate regime, as part of a “multi-lateral adjustment process.”
What role can review play in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)? How can the mechanism be designed to maximize
benefits and avoid pitfalls?

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