Phoenix from the Ashes

An analysis of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change

  • Publications 10.02.2016

On 12 December 2015, the Parties to the UNFCCC adopted the "Paris Agreement". With this step, the world community has agreed on a collective and cooperative path to fight human-induced climate change: After 25 years of UN climate diplomacy, the world's governments have for the first time in history negotiated a treaty which envisages climate action by all nations. The Agreement sets the world on a path that might lead to a decarbonised economy in the second half of the century.

Researchers from the Wuppertal Institute have observed COP 21 (as well as all other conferences) and elaborated a detailed analysis of the results (see downloads).

The assessment

  • provides an overview of the most important negotiation outcomes,
  • assesses their results as well as shortfalls and
  • provides an outlook of the next steps needed to implement the Paris Agreement's goals and to set the world firmly on a non-fossil based development path.

The article has been published in the journal "Environmental Law and Management" and is available for download on the Wuppertal Institute publication server.