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21 Nov 2016

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Ambition, accountability & finance for climate action must increase to meet Paris goals

"CIEL Statement on the Outcome of COP22: Momentum holds for climate action, but ambition and finance must be urgently ratcheted up," 14 Nov 2016

…COP22 demonstrates that countries DO want the Paris Agreement to be successful…47 countries in the climate vulnerable forum…announced they will rely on 100% renewable energy by 2030…Historic polluters must follow their lead and support these countries…including by offering the necessary funds. Overall…progress made at COP22 was slow. In real terms, this leaves the planet…in the same position as last year, with the scale of…commitments too low...Governments must increase ambition and strengthen the rules around public accountability and transparency for climate actions taken by governments and companies. Human rights obligations require governments to make science-based emissions reductions, and they require historic emitters to provide the necessary finance to meet the 1.5 degree goal. We witnessed some progress on the integration of gender equality, the recognition of the value of…indigenous knowledge in designing the methods of implementation of the Paris Agreement, and increasing emphasis on…building the capacity of developing countries to integrate human rights into the core of their climate responses. In 2017, we expect further progress…