The UNFCCC Synthesis of Paris Pledges – What it Means, What Needs to Happen

By Nigel Purvis and Joel Finkelstein
Communications, Transformative Analysis

Statement of Nigel Purvis, CEO of Climate Advisers, on today’s UNFCCC analysis of pledges made by countries before the Paris climate talks:

“Today’s synthesis report by the UNFCCC shows that the Paris process has already had an enormous impact on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Without these new commitments, it would be totally impossible to stop the worst impacts of climate change. Nearly every country in the world is now taking action. It is now very clear that the world is waking up.

“But it is also equally clear that we need to do more. The pledges only get us halfway to 2 degrees. Finding the way to cut the other half of global emissions has to be the priority of the post-Paris climate agenda. And that means countries need to work together and form innovative partnerships. These partnerships will cut climate pollution where it is growing most: the developing world.

“Developing countries and major emerging economies have affordable opportunities to cut climate pollution at scale. The U.S. is already working with developing countries on climate, and the opportunity to do more is enormous. Today’s announcement makes clear that the future of climate lies in partnerships. President Obama should use the Paris climate talks to define the post-Paris international climate agenda.”

BACKGROUND

  • On Friday, October 30th, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the UN body tasked with holding global climate talks – is releasing its synthesis report of the Paris pledges. The report is expected to show that a significant emissions gap remains.
  • On Monday, November 2nd at 9:30 am Climate Advisers will hold a briefing at the National Press Club previewing the post-Paris climate agenda. Nigel Purvis will present the findings of a new analysis together with former EPA Administrator and Obama White House climate lead Carol Browner; and former chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Henry Waxman.
  • The analysis will add to the UNFCCC study and look at the little-noticed opportunity in the Paris pledges for the U.S. and other developed countries to cut pollution abroad; a new look at how much the United States is already achieving through climate partnerships abroad; and the size of the opportunity to cut emissions through partnerships between developed and developed countries.
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On October 30, 2015

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