UNFCCC Net Zero Framework to “Showcase Best Practices”

The new UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) Recognition and Accountability Framework for non-state actors and its first implementation plan have been unveiled at the Bonn Climate Conference. The framework is focused on net zero pledges from non-Party stakeholders and aims to improve transparency and maximise the credibility of climate action pledges, plans and transition progress. It has been developed in response to the invitation from COP27 Parties for the secretariat to ensure greater accountability of voluntary initiatives. The first implementation plan aims to establish a new process to both monitor and analyse voluntary net zero commitments made by non-state actors, which is in turn expected to inform the outcomes of this year’s global stocktake and countries’ updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in 2025. At COP27 last November, High-Level Expert Group established by the UN Secretary-General has further published a report to serve as a ‘how to’ guide for credible net zero pledges and what considerations non-state actors need to consider at each stage of their net zero transition. UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said: “Through recognition, we can showcase best practices as well as identify the systemic challenges that must be overcome for credible climate actions aligned with the aims of the Paris Agreement.” 


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