Presentation – Global Politics of Climate Change
Countries came together in 2015 and agreed to strengthen global efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. The Paris Agreement is based on nationally-determined pledges that countries regularly update with an eye on ultimately reaching a collective level of ‘ambition’ that keeps the global temperature rise well below 2°C. The year 2018 be the first major test of this ‘ambition mechanism’ as countries under the UN take stock of efforts so far. Renewable energy plays a significant role in countries’ pledges to the Paris Agreement and it can deliver a significant share of necessary emissions reductions. This presentation explores a number of related questions: What role does renewable energy play in global climate action? How do countries in the MENA region envisage the role of renewable energy in their domestic climate policies? Should the region aim for higher ambition in renewable energy targets, including in the next round of nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement?
Dr. Mari Luomi, Snr Research Fellow Energy, Climate & Sustainable Development, Emirates Diplomatic Academy