Domestic laws ‘central’ to Paris agreement says UN climate chief as lawmakers gather in Mexico City
Around 400 lawmakers and scientists from around the world will meet in Mexico City this week to discuss how a global climate change deal could work.
Running parallel to UN talks in Bonn, the three day meeting is billed as a chance for legislators to test a ‘blueprint’ of the climate treaty that could be agreed in Paris next year.
“It is time to develop a new vision for an international climate agreement that harnesses the full power of legislators by placing national laws at its heart,” South African MP Cedric Frolick said in a statement.
“Such an agreement will strengthen national governance and empower the very actors that are the bridge from the people we represent to the international process.”
Delegates are expected to discuss how national commitments can be held to account in domestic laws, and set up formal parliamentary channels to assess the negotiating position of countries.
It could also see attending lawmakers commit to a review of whether existing legislation can limit global average temperature rise to 2C.
The meeting’s organisers GLOBE International produce an annual study of climate laws, which this year revealed 66 countries have 487 climate-related laws.
“Domestic legislation is critical because it is the linchpin between action on the ground and the international agreement,” UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said in a statement.
“At the national level, it is clear that when countries enact clean energy policies, investment follows. At the international level, it is equally clear that domestic legislation opens the political space for international agreements and facilitates overall ambition.”