To Paris and Beyond: Bonn in June - Australia in the spotlight Research Brief

Jun 01, 2015 - 8:00am

The Paris climate meeting at the end of the year will deliver the world’s next agreement for reducing pollution. It aims to be the first universal agreement which requires targets from all countries to act on global warming. The ultimate goal is to limit global warming and avoid or minimise its catastrophic impacts. This means facilitating investment towards a zero carbon global economy and building greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. The Bonn meeting in June will focus on what needs to be done to make Paris a success; Australia will be in the spotlight.

Key points

  • This June, governments from across the world will meet in Bonn, Germany, for the mid-year meeting of the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC). This meeting is a step in the process to forge a global agreement at the end of year climate talks in Paris. The Paris climate meeting aims to put in place an agreement that facilitates domestic action that puts us on a path to limit global warming to less than 2°C.

  • Australia’s targets and plans for domestic action will be in the international spotlight in Bonn. On June 4th, Australia is scheduled to stand up and answer direct questions from other countries and justify its climate change actions to date. Australia is also one of the few developed countries to yet decide its initial post 2020 commitment offer and is yet to ratify its second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.

  • The Bonn climate meeting will focus discussions on what is core to the Paris outcome, and so it is an opportunity to define what success in Paris may look like. Core parts of a Paris outcome include:
     
    • mechanisms that help send strong signals to businesses and investors that governments will continually ratchet-up action towards the less than 2°C limit;
       
    • credible rules and processes to ensure countries actions are visible, transparent and they are accountable for the actions they commit to internationally; and

    • mechanisms for predictable support to the world’s poorest countries to help their citizens participate in zero carbon solutions and manage growing climate change risks.
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