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The Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Development

Provisions for sustainable development in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement are essential if we are to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C and meet the ambitions set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gold Standard and the UNEP DTU Partnership with support from Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland hosted a series of six moderated roundtable discussions to analyse stakeholder views on the options to operationalise sustainable development provisions in the implementation of Article 6 within the UNFCCC process.

The policy briefs below provide a summary of these discussions. Each brief outlines the key issue, provides considerations relevant to Article 6 and puts forward text recommendations for provisions in Article 6. These briefs form the basis for ongoing discussions. A presentation on the implementation of Article 6 from a recent Sustainable Development Dialogue meeting, held on 16 October 2018 in Glion, provides an overview of the latest discussions>> and the text recommendations put forward for Article 6.2 and 6.4>>.

Views stated in these documents are those of the authors and do not represent any consensus among the Parties involved. These discussions will continue until COP24 in Katowice.   

1. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE IN CONTEXT OF THE UNFCCC PROCESS

Rationale and recommendations for sustainable development provisions compatible with the national prerogative in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>

2. SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES AND DO-NO-HARM APPROACHES FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Best practice, tools and guidance for safeguarding principles and do-no-harm assessments of climate actions and relevant considerations for negotiations under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>

3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF CLIMATE ACTIONS

Best practice, tools and guidance for sustainable development assessment of climate actions and relevant considerations for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>

4. CRITERIA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND HOW TO USE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG) FRAMEWORK

Defining criteria for sustainable development nationally and using the SDG framework for implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>

5. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION

Ensuring the consultation of relevant stakeholders when implementing activities under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>

6. TRANSPARENCY AND REPORTING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Transparent reporting of sustainable development elements within voluntary cooperation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Download here>>


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

The author team is Marion Verles of Gold Standard, Sven Braden, and Fatima-Zahra Taibi and Karen Holm Olsen from UNEP DTU Partnership.

We’d also like to thank Laurence Mortier (Switzerland), Thomas Forth (Germany), Mandy Rambharos (South Africa), Sophie Closson and Olivier Kassi (Belgium) and Sandra Greiner (Climatefocus) for their insightful and valuable contributions.

 

Media Category: Reports
Event Dates: Friday, August 24, 2018