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Paris When it Sizzles: What Agenda 21 Can Tell Us About the Likely Success of the Paris Agreement

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dc.contributor.author Calkins, Jennifer Devlin
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-24T18:29:25Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-24T18:29:25Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04
dc.identifier.citation 27 WASH. INT'L. L.J. 523 (2018) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2377-0872
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1801
dc.description Washington International Law Journal, Volume 27, Number 2, April 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: The Paris Agreement seeks to address the problem of climate change, a pressingly urgent issue, and one that is extraordinarily difficult to tackle. A primary mitigation mechanism is the requirement that member countries report their nationally determined contributions (“NDCs”) goals and provide metrics for measuring progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is a “bottom-up” mechanism that does not bind parties to particular emissions targets, but acts to shift party behavior by making progress transparent. To predict the potential effectiveness of this mechanism, this Comment investigates the effectiveness of a similar mechanism contained in Agenda 21, a plan of action for sustainable development adopted in 1992. Agenda 21 initially appeared to be effective. Similarly, the initial reporting by countries pursuant to the Paris Agreement NDC requirement indicates that it is similarly procedurally effective. However, Agenda 21 has failed to meet its goal of solving the problems of poverty and environmental degradation. A more successful outcome for the Paris Agreement may rest on how it differs from Agenda 21, including its more legally obligatory nature, its more focused goal, and its NDC ambition “ratcheting” mechanism. Cite as: Jennifer Devlin Calkins, Paris When It Sizzles: What Agenda 21 Can Tell Us About the Likely Success of the Paris Agreement, 27 WASH. INT’L L.J. 523 (2018). en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Washington International Law Journal Association, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title Paris When it Sizzles: What Agenda 21 Can Tell Us About the Likely Success of the Paris Agreement en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Compilation © 2018 Washington International Law Journal Association en_US


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