During COP28 in Dubai, the Climate Parliament with support from the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) research programme, convened a global meeting of parliamentary climate champions. 35 Members of Parliament (MPs) from Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, the UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated, 40% of which were women.
The event enabled MPs to learn first-hand about the global negotiations on climate change by engaging directly with experts, who briefed them in detail on what is a foregone conclusion: the world is not on track to stay below the 1.5C or to meet the NDCs. It was a key opportunity for MPs to report to each other about progress in their own countries and regions, and to enable peer learning about successful policies elsewhere in the world that are attracting climate investment. Discussions focused on climate impacts, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Global Stocktake (GST) process, climate finance, and green grids, and featured a dialogue between MPs and prominent business leaders.
In the closing session of the forum, MPs signed the Parliamentarians for the Paris Agreement Declaration committing to legislative action at the national level. MPs have a key role to play in implementing the Paris Agreement – advocating for a greater level of climate ambition and overseeing the implementation of their NDCs.
Parliamentarians for Paris Agreement Declaration: