Lessons in Multilateral Effectiveness: Climate Change

Pulling Together: The Multilateral Response to Climate Change

2015 marked an historic year for multilateral mobilisation on climate—but 2021 is a make or break year for implementing the climate agenda, as COP26 approaches in November 2021. The global character of climate change requires multilateral action and solutions. In 2015, governments committed to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 13 on Climate Change, agreeing to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. 6 years later, progress has been uneven, and we are significantly off track to limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius (IPCC, UNEP, Emissions Gap Report 2019).

MOPAN’s most recent study, Pulling Together: The Multilateral Response to Climate Change, in the series Lessons in Multilateral Effectiveness, identifies the key factors affecting the multilateral system in addressing this uneven progress. The report reviews how multilateral organisations (MOs) and the multilateral system (MS) are responding to climate change within the context of the Paris Agreement and SDG13. It examines how selected MOs work with countries, and considers the extent to which they have prioritised climate change in their strategies and operations.

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