Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, August 23, 2019. Representatives from the different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean attended the plenary session on the “Reinforced Transparency Framework, a driver of ambition: opportunities and challenges” organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Environment and the UNEP DTU Partnership.
According to the 2018 Emissions Gap Report, the current commitments expressed in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are inadequate due to the disparity between the emissions planned for 2030 and the levels required to meet the climatic objectives. In this context, transparency becomes the backbone of the Paris Agreement, given its critical role in building trust between the parties and measuring progress towards achieving the objectives of the agreement.
During the session, it was discussed how the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement could boost countries’ ambition through an evidence-based analysis of climate change policies implemented by each state. It can also identify solutions at hand for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, as aligned with the increased ambition of the NDCs, the monitoring of NDC processes and the development of appropriate indicators. The session also discussed the need for greater participation of citizens through access to information and data and the attraction and rational use of financial resources.
The session also offered the countries the opportunity to share their experiences, their achievements and the challenges they face when implementing the transparency systems for monitoring, reporting, and verifying the measures. All of these measures make part of their integrated national strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This is in line with the work done last Tuesday during the workshop “Opportunities for South-South peer exchange on priority issues” in which countries focused on how to face regional challenges in the implementation of the Reinforced Transparency Framework of the Agreement from Paris. The workshop also discussed the development of a common agenda and the elaboration of a roadmap of future actions, with special emphasis on the development of Long-Term Strategies for the decarbonization of economies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Communication Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN Environment: [email protected] +507 305-3182.