Maria Ivanova Writes About Climate Change After Paris
Maria Ivanova, director of the GEG Project and the Center for Governance and Sustainability, has published a briefing paper on the latest UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in December 2015. In the paper titled “Good COP, Bad COP: Climate Change After Paris”, Maria Ivanova contrasts the failures of COP15 in Copenhagen to the successes of the climate negotiations in Paris last year.
She details the outcomes of the Paris Agreement, from provisions on a maximum global temperature rise to binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Ivanova puts forward five reasons why the success in Paris stand out, including the change in discourse around climate as an opportunity rather than a burden, and the leadership from Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the French delegation. Finally, the Ivanova considers the future with regards to the adoption and implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The briefing was published by the Future United Nations Development System (FUNDS) project, which aims to “support and help accelerate change in the UN Development System (UNDS), to strengthen its capacity to respond effectively to existing and emerging global developmental challenges in the post-2015 global development agenda.”