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Part II Analysis of the Provisions of the Agreement, 16 Capacity-building (Article 11)

Crispin d’Auvergne, Matti Nummelin

From: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Analysis and Commentary

Edited By: Daniel Klein, María Pía Carazo, Meinhard Doelle, Jane Bulmer, Andrew Higham

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 November 2022

Developing countries — Climate change — Treaties, amendments and modification — Treaties, application — Treaties, interpretation

This chapter addresses capacity-building, which the Paris Agreement focuses on in Article 11. The Article is moreover supported and operationalized by paragraphs 71–81 of Decision 1/CP.21. The general purpose of capacity-building, as addressed in Article 11, is to enhance the ability of developing countries to take effective climate change action in fulfilment of the objective of the Convention, and of the purpose and obligations of the Agreement. Article 11 reaffirms the nature, scope, and fundamental principles of capacity-building as developed by the Parties to the UNFCCC up until 2015. It is of special importance because this is the first time that capacity-building is laid down in a stand-alone provision within the UNFCCC regime, separate from other means of implementation.

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