CPC-Workshop H - The Climate Emergency: Are Parliaments Holding Governments to Account?

1:30 PM, Wednesday 24 Aug 2022 (2 hours 30 minutes)

Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time and jurisdictions across the Commonwealth, face major and specific challenges.  Recent findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that unless there are immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C, or even 2C, will be impossible.  Parliaments and parliamentarians have a critical role to play and need to collaborate to build more effective and coordinated responses to their common concerns. Parliaments and parliamentarians can ensure that the provisions of the Paris Agreement are translated into national legislation and that adequate budget allocations are made to support the implementation of relevant laws and policies. Parliamentary oversight is also crucial in holding governments accountable for their actions in response to climate change challenges.

Participants will learn about recent developments in the international climate change regime and gain a better understanding of what is being done at the parliamentary level, to combat climate change. The workshop will enable parliamentarians to learn more about the important role of legislators in the domestic ratification process of the Paris Agreement, as well as approaches parliamentarians could consider in implementing climate change action. Concrete examples and good practices will be shared to illustrate relevant opportunities and challenges.

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CPC Workshop H: The Climate Emergency: Are Parliaments Holding Governments to Account? (Plenary and Q&A)

Scottish Parliament
Parliament of Sri Lanka
Member of Parliament
Assemblée nationale du Belize
President of the Senate
Parliament of Fiji
Member of Parliament and Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Waterways & Environment
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Senior Policy Advisor
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