National Climate Change Legislation: The Key to More Ambitious International Agreements

Terry Townshend and Adam Matthews
Posted on: 8/15/2013 - Updated on: 2/28/2020

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Rachel Gregg

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Abstract

This report by Terry Townshend and Adam Matthews urges readers to look beyond what happens within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – where countries are negotiating toward a new climate treaty. The authors assess how the building blocks for ambition within the UNFCCC are laid at home.

The report urges governments to:

  • Encourage the creation of cross-party parliamentary groups on climate change, supported by a dedicated secretariat.
  • Routinely engage with legislators before, during and after the annual UNFCCC meetings (as a minimum) to exchange views and build common understanding.
  • Support international processes to engage legislators, to help inform the development of climate change legislation, promote good practice and develop peer groups.

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