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Part II Analysis of the Provisions of the Agreement, 19 Global Stocktake (Article 14)

Jürgen Friedrich

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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 December 2020

Subject(s):
Climate change — Treaties, amendments and modification — Treaties, application — Treaties, interpretation

This chapter takes a look at the Global Stocktake (GST), which links individual planning processes to the objective of the Paris Agreement and its collective goals. The GST is established in Article 14 of the Agreement, in order to dynamically enhance individual ambition to collective goals. It aims to facilitate enhancement of ambition through three main functions, helping Parties to: understand how far they have collectively come in achieving their goals, realize what is still required collectively to reach them, and be informed about possible options on how to enhance their actions both nationally and internationally and thereby hopefully be motivated to do more. In this manner, the GST can be compared to the engine of the Agreement, which is expected to drive the political momentum towards ambition and thus ensure dynamism. This dynamism in turn is a precondition for a durable Agreement.

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