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Transforming the Paris-Agreement into National Legislation


Government directives alone will not deliver the necessary climate action! Legislators must implement a wide variety of legislation aimed at reducing emissions. What can be learned from national experiences with climate change framework legislation? What were the main findings of a new report on climate legislation in the Nordic region? The event takes place at the New Nordic Climate Solutions Pavilion - Section DEL2, Blue Zone, COP22.

Progress on the climate front does not depend solely on what our governments decide. The Parliaments play a crucial role. Domestic legislation is needed in order to establish the institutional frameworks and policies to measure, report, verify, and manage emissions.

It is one thing to pass legislation and another to implement it. The role of legislators does not end when legislation is passed. Legislators’ have an important role in oversight of governments and in approving national budgets that provide funds needed for implementing climate legislation.

At this Side Event we will hear about a recent report on the development of climate legislation in the Nordic countries[1] and about the development of climate legislation in South Africa. We also hear about experiences in United Kingdom and about GLOBE Climate Legislation Study[2].


   - Mr. Ola Elvestuen, MP, Committee Chair, Norwegian Parliament

    - Mr. C.T. Frolick, MP, House Chairperson, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Globe Vice-President for Africa

   - Mr. Barry Gardiner, MP United Kingdom, Globe Vice-President for Europe

The discussion will be introduced and moderated by Mr. Steen Gade, former MP from Denmark.

[1] REPORT 2016:07, Klimapolitikk i Norden, En sammenligning av mål og virkemidler i de nordiske landene, CICERO Report 2016:07.

[2] GLOBE Climate Legislation Study, A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 99 Countries.

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