Setting Sails for Troubled Waters
An Assessment of the Marrakech Climate Conference
From 7 to 18 November 2016, the twenty-second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Marrakech. Due to the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, Marrakech also hosted the first Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1).
Researchers from the Wuppertal Institute observed the conference and elaborated a detailed analysis of the results (see below). The report starts by discussing developments regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement, in particular the detailed "rulebook" and cooperative mechanisms. Next, the article discusses developments in the various avenues for raising climate ambition that have been put in place by the Paris conference: the 2018 facilitative dialogue, the engagement of non-state and sub-national actors, and the elaboration of mid-century climate strategies. In addition, the article discusses other Marrakech developments, in particular on issues of climate finance and adaptation, as well as recent developments in the wider world that have an impact on the UNFCCC, in particular developing alliances, developments in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and under the Montreal Protocol, and possible repercussions of the US presidential election.
While the election of Donald Trump came as a shock to many, the Paris Agreement so far seems to be fairly resilient. The transformation dynamic continues to be there. In the immediate future, it will be important if and how this dynamic may be further channelled without (or maybe even against) the US.
You find the complete report for free download below.