UNFCCC, IEA Join Forces on Climate Action

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are due to partner up to deliver COP28 energy outcomes, build consensus on transitions aligned with 1.5°C, and support the next round of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The two bodies described their decision as an important step forward for collaboration among international organisations to address the climate crisis. The announcement was made by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial, where 30 ministers and climate leaders met to discuss the implementation of COP28 goals and key topics for COP29, to be held in Azerbaijan later this year. “This new era of cooperation will bring together the UNFCCC’s international convening power and deep technical expertise on climate change with the IEA’s unparalleled energy data, analysis and policy expertise,” said Birol. The UNFCCC and IEA will work together to identify appropriate metrics for tracking global progress toward the Global Stocktake decision agreed by nearly 200 countries at COP28, providing updates to inform and motivate global action on climate. As part of this, the IEA will produce a report on progress against global energy commitments ahead of COP29. “I am looking forward to enhancing the cooperation between IEA and UNFCCC during this critical decade,” said Stiell. “Now is when countries have to double down to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors while transitioning away from fossil fuels in an orderly, just and equitable manner.” To support the next round of NDCs, the UNFCCC and IEA will provide joint policy advice and technical support on the development of energy-related targets in line with the Global Stocktake and the Paris Agreement. They will also build on their existing memorandum of understanding to broaden and deepen cooperation on greenhouse gas emissions data and national data capacity building.

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