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Climate diplomacy on hold, but not climate change : an analysis of international climate policy in the year of the pandemic

  • 2020 was meant to be the year of climate ambition. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Glasgow conference was postponed to November 2021, and climate policy generally appeared to have been put on the backburner. But towards the end of the year prospects seemed to brighten with a series of zero-emission pledges and the election of Joe Biden as US President. This article analyses what the year of the pandemic achieved in terms of combating climate change. This article first summarizes the virtual events that were organised to substitute for the physical UNFCCC conferences and what progress was or was not made on the outstanding items of the "Paris rulebook", implementation of the Gender Action Plan, and other items. Subsequently, the2020 was meant to be the year of climate ambition. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Glasgow conference was postponed to November 2021, and climate policy generally appeared to have been put on the backburner. But towards the end of the year prospects seemed to brighten with a series of zero-emission pledges and the election of Joe Biden as US President. This article analyses what the year of the pandemic achieved in terms of combating climate change. This article first summarizes the virtual events that were organised to substitute for the physical UNFCCC conferences and what progress was or was not made on the outstanding items of the "Paris rulebook", implementation of the Gender Action Plan, and other items. Subsequently, the article surveys the status of NDC updates and to what extent recovery programmes have been used to advance climate action. Finally, the article takes a closer look at the current dynamics among non-Party actors. In summary, while formal negotiations essentially stopped in the year of the pandemic, the conservation did not. However, implementation is still lagging far behind the ambitious targets that have been set. While implementation is mostly the domain of national policy, the international process has a number of options at its disposal to foster climate action.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Wolfgang ObergasselORCiDGND, Christof Arens, Christiane BeuermannGND, Victoria Brandemann, Lukas HermwilleORCiDGND, Nicolas Kreibich, Meike Spitzner, Hanna Wang-Helmreich
DOI (citable link):https://doi.org/10.21552/cclr/2021/3/4
Year of Publication:2021
Language:English
Source Title (English):Carbon & Climate Law Review
Volume:15
Issue:3
First Page:211
Last Page:220
Divisions:Energie-, Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik