Unlocking Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

Date: 20 November 2019

Author(s): Andrei Marcu

Looking ahead to COP 25 in Madrid, this paper puts forward three key issues that are blocking a successful outcome on the Article 6 rulebook.

While there are many operational issues which are contentious, the issues that are truly blocking a positive outcome are" issues of principle" or "political issues” that will need to be addressed at the political or Head of Delegation level.

After these issues are addressed, addressing operational matters will become possible. The first condition to solve problems is to recognise them and take steps to address them in a negotiating, dispassionate spirit.