Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Reflections on Submissions by Parties before Marrakech

Date 2 May 2017

Author(s): Andrei Marcu

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement on cooperative approaches can be considered a major success, and a minor miracle, on behalf of the UNFCCC climate negotiations. It paves the way for international cooperation to play an important role under the new climate regime. Making the article operational will however require a lot of technical and political work. This paper examines submissions made prior to COP 22 on views related to guidance for the Article 6 items. It highlights the many important issues covered in them and discusses implications of the various interpretations. It also identifies issues that would require clarification and may need to be part of a work programme.