A new global deal to tackle climate change was agreed on 12 December 2015 in Paris, France. It was an important step after twenty-ﬁve years of climate diplomacy under the UNFCCC and six years after the failure of Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. The Paris Agreement aims to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C in comparison to pre-industrial levels. However, the agreement lacks a clear pathway for emissions reduction and relies on a system
of bottom up, voluntary pledges from Parties. The absence of a mechanism to enforce actions or punitive measures for the failure to achieve these goals makes this agreement weak and leaves sufﬁcient doubt if the climate crisis will really be solved.
The new briefing paper by Digo Bikas Institute published in collaboration with Prakriti Resources Center analyzes the significance of the agreement to Nepal and further steps the country needs to take internationally and nationally to tackle climate change in post-Paris era.