Following the rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, governments met November 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco, to take the next step in the climate talks.
The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) included the first meeting of the CMA, the governing body of the Paris Agreement.
Negotiators focused on developing rules for implementing the agreement, including the reporting and review of countries’ climate efforts; a new five-year cycle to assess progress and update parties’ contributions; and the use of market-based approaches. These implementing decisions are expected to be completed in 2018.
The Paris Agreement marks a major turning point in the international climate effort, committing all countries to undertake nationally determined contributions and establishing new mechanisms to ensure accountability and promote rising ambition.
The Marrakech conference caps an extraordinary year of global progress on climate change: the Paris Agreement’s swift entry into force, a new agreement to cap emissions from international aviation and a deal to phase down powerful climate pollutants known as HFCs.
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