The Paris Climate Agreement Analysis

This new publication, written by ACT Alliance and its German member agency, Bread for the World, analyses the Paris Agreement with a special focus on the communities who will face the greatest climate change impacts.

“While the agreement is not perfect, and a lot of work still need to be done to ensure greater ambition and action, we together with our partners and networks see the issues and voices of the poor being echoed in the agreement”, Cornelia F├╝llkrug-Weitzel, President of Bread for the World, and John Nduna, General Secretary, ACT Alliance.

The Paris Agreement represents a global landmark in climate policy and will affect all of us and all sectors of our societies. This analysis provides an overview of the 16 pages of the agreement as well as the 19 pages of the attached decisions which list the operationalising targets, deadlines and processes.

Special attention is then given to elements affecting the most vulnerable communities such as climate-related loss and damage, migration, food security, agriculture and human rights. One of the greatest challenge which this agreement still leaves unresolved is to successfully and fairly combine the global energy transition with the struggle to overcome poverty.

Finally the analysis concludes on the conditions needed now to successfully implement the agreement. These are: its ambitious technical development, its serious implementation at national level, and the necessity to strengthen international cooperation. The next four years will then be important to ensure a meaningful finalisation of the agreement when it will enter into force in 2020.