Paris Agreement Non State Actors

The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, brought together nation-states from around the world to address the pressing issue of climate change. The landmark accord committed countries to limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

However, the Paris Agreement also recognized the critical role that non-state actors, such as businesses, cities, and civil society, play in addressing climate change. In fact, the agreement specifically encouraged their involvement in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Non-state actors have stepped up in a big way since the Paris Agreement was signed. Businesses have set ambitious climate targets, cities have pledged to become carbon neutral, and civil society organizations have advocated for policies and practices that will help to mitigate climate change.

One of the most notable examples of non-state action in support of the Paris Agreement is the “We Are Still In” coalition. Comprised of more than 3,800 American businesses, cities, universities, and other organizations, “We Are Still In” committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement after the U.S. government announced its intent to withdraw from the accord.

In addition to “We Are Still In,” other examples of non-state climate action include:

– The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, which brings together over 200 member companies committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity.

– The C40 Cities network, which includes more than 90 cities committed to taking bold climate action.

– The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform, which provides a space for cities, businesses, and other non-state actors to showcase their climate action commitments.

Non-state actors have demonstrated that they can be powerful allies in the fight against climate change. By leveraging their resources, expertise, and influence, they can make meaningful contributions to reducing emissions and building more resilient communities.

However, it is important to note that non-state action cannot replace the need for government-led efforts to address climate change. Ultimately, it is up to national governments to set ambitious climate targets, create policies that incentivize emissions reductions, and provide the necessary financial support for climate action.

That said, non-state actors can and should play a critical role in supporting government-led efforts. By continuing to set ambitious climate targets, advocate for policy change, and make investments in clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, non-state actors can help to ensure that the goals of the Paris Agreement are realized.