THE BRAZILIAN COALITION AND THE PARIS AGREEMENT

17 December 2015

The Paris Agreement, finalized on 12 December 2015, represents a milestone for a new sustainable development moment in the world with climate security.

Among other topics, the agreement:

  • consolidates the goal to limit the global temperature rise well below 2°C, and considers 1,5°C as a possibility.
  • while recognizing that the INDCs are far from being enough to ensure a global temperature rise of less than 2°C, they ensure a system of review and commitments and financing expansion cycles every five years (starting in 2020) that help to create the conditions to achieve the objective of 2°C/1,5°C in the long term.
  • although it does not indicate the exact year for the peak in emissions, it points out the commitment to achieve a balance between emissions and anthropogenic removals for the second half of this century.
  • consolidates the mobilization of US$ 100 billion annually, starting in 2020, to support the development with mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, as a priority. It also opens the opportunity for multiple categories of financing and investment to enable the low-carbon economy in the planet.

For the first time, an agreement recognizes the importance of the role of civil society and private sector in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions. The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture acknowledges the constructive and decisive role of the Brazilian delegation for the preparation of this historical landmark. We also hope that the role of the Brazilian delegation at COP21 will translate into a strong government action at national level to lead the implementation of commitments made by Brazil in its INDC, what will be enthusiastically supported by the Brazilian Coalition.

The Brazilian Coalition believes that the Paris Agreement creates a fertile environment for the implementation of its numerous proposals to promote a competitive, inclusive and low-carbon forestry and agriculture economy for the benefit of Brazil and the world. It creates a new market mechanism, which builds on existing experience, and gives a basis for the continuity and the increase of REDD+ activities.

Now is the time to invest in the realization of such commitments.

 

About the Brazilian Coalition

The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture is a multi-sector movement established to propose initiatives and influence public policies that lead to the development of a low-carbon economy by creating decent jobs, encouraging innovation, Brazil’s global competitiveness and generating and distributing wealth across society. Over 150 companies, business associations, research centers and civil society organizations have already joined The Brazilian Coalition – coalizaobr.com.br/en

 

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Fernanda Macedo – comunicacao@coalizaobrasil.org | (55 11) 98545-0237