Expression of Interest Invitation for a Partnership Campaign to Help the Paris Agreement Reach Its Goals

Background

In November 2015, 195 countries signed an international agreement designed to address the serious problem of global warming. Known as the Paris Agreement, the document they signed is intended to keep the earth from warming 2-degrees Celsius above the global pre-industrial average. It is agreed upon by almost all environmental scientists that going beyond the 2-degree Celsius tipping point would spell widespread ecological and humanitarian disaster for our planet.

The way in which the Paris Agreement seeks to reach its goal is through Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions made by countries that signed the Agreement. However, when added up, the initial Paris Agreement pledges unfortunately are insufficient to keep the earth from going beyond the 2-degree Celsius tipping point. This observation was recently confirmed in scientific reports from The World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Programme.

The Paris Agreement is defined as a treaty as a matter of international law, which means that ratifying countries will be bound to one another by its terms when it comes into effect. It is too early to say that the Agreement has failed. It does not go into effect until 2020, and the Agreement contains processes intended to encourage countries to revise their initial pledges before that date. It is crucial that they do so if the Agreement is to succeed and ensure the well-being of our planet for future generations.

About the Partnership Campaign

A Partnership Campaign is envisioned as an effort for concerned organizations to work together to advocate for countries to strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges before 2020. Such an effort could take place in different ways, for example, through activities:

  • intended to educate and mobilize individuals and organizations about the responsibility that countries have to strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges;
  • to persuade environmental ministers and other national level decision-makers about the need to fully comply with and strengthen the initial pledges made by their countries;
  • to engage the business community-which was supportive of the initial effort that led to the Paris Agreement-and encourage them to let governments know that the private sector believes that it is a top priority that countries strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges.

The idea for a Partnership Campaign is being put forward by the Climate Scorecard Project. Climate Scorecard supports educational and advocacy efforts aimed at reducing emissions and supporting climate change adaptation efforts in leading greenhouse-gas emitting countries www.climatescorecard.org. It is managed as a partnership between two NGOs: The Global Citizens Initiative www.theglobalcitizensinitiative.org, and EarthAction www.earthaction.org.

Become A Partner

Are You Interested?

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in a global campaign to encourage all countries to strengthen their NDC pledges. If you are interested, please get back to us with your responses to the short questions below.