Elaborating the Paris Agreement: Potential Linkages Between Articles 13, 14, and 15

As parties shape decisions fleshing out the new global climate architecture established by the Paris Agreement, an important consideration is the linkages, both explicit and potential, among Articles 13, 14, and 15 of the agreement. These articles provide for, respectively: reporting and review of individual parties’ efforts; the assessment of collective progress toward the agreement’s purpose and long-term goals (the global stocktake or “GST”); and a committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance. This brief outlines certain features of these three key elements of the Paris architecture and cross-cutting issues in considering linkages among them. It also outlines specific issues and options regarding potential linkages between the transparency framework and the GST (Articles 13 and 14), the transparency framework and the committee (Articles 13 and 15), and the GST and the committee (Articles 14 and 15).