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Delivering on the Paris Promises while Respecting Rights

The adoption and the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement constituted a significant step towards a global response to the climate crisis.

This briefing paper explores the key human rights and environmental and social principles set forth in the preamble of the Paris Agreement. It includes the linkages to existing international obligations, and how these principles can be integrated into four key elements of the Paris Rule Book:

- Nationally Determined Contributions
- Adaptation Communications
- the Transparency Framework
- the Global Stock Take.

The Paris Agreement is an important step to addressing climate change. Its effective implementation relies on the creation of a robust and rights-based Paris Rule Book.

Sébastien Duyck & Erika Lennon (CIEL – Center for International Environmental Law / coordinating authors), Lapka Nuri Sherpa (AIPP - Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), Tonya Rawe (CARE), Anabella Rosemberg (ITUC – International Trade Union Confederation), Kathrin Wessendorf & Lærke Marie Lund Petersen (IWGIA – International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs), Monica Camacho (Rainforest Foundation Norway) (The “Ecosystem Integrity” part is based on a paper written by REDD+ Safeguards Working Group 2015), and Juliana Vélez Uribe (WEDO).

Design & layout: Amanda Kistler (CIEL).