The Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI) explores Party and other stakeholder views on options to assist with the implementation of sustainable development provisions in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement to the UNFCCC. Based on technical work, research and analysis, the SDI regularly presents options for guidance, rules, modalities and procedures to operationalize the Article 6 sustainable development (SD) provisions.
The overall objective of the current SDI work plan is to raise awareness on the opportunities associated with strong SD provisions in Article 6 through a combination of a
- party driven policy dialogue;
- piloting of SD tools and approaches in real world projects, and
- outreach and strategic partnerships for a community of practice.
Documentation of the latest SDI activities can be found here:
Why SDG impact assessment matters for a social license to operate Article 6 carbon markets
Stocktake of SDG tools presented at COP27
Article: System Change. Transformative design of Article 6 programmes for net zero emissions by 2050
Views on Sustainable Development provisions in the Art. 6 ‘rulebook’ draft from COP25 in Madrid
The analysis examines the status of these options in the latest negotiation drafts. It compares the drafts of the rulebook elaborated during the meeting of SBSTA in Bonn (2019) with the last versions of the draft texts contained in the Presidential Proposals at COP25 in Madrid (2019). The aim of the analysis is to inform Article 6 negotiators and relevant stakeholders, how the high-level SD options are addressed in the current drafts.
SDI position paper ahead of COP25 in Madrid, 2019
The negotiations at COP25 aimed to conclude the rulebook on Article 6. The rulebook is an important opportunity to establish a framework for the required knowledge sharing on tools and approaches to promote SD in Article 6. Ahead of COP25 the SDI recommended the launch of a work programme to develop voluntary tools and approaches to assist with SD assessment.
The Long Road to a Common Understanding – Sustainable Development and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Aligning the Agendas: A Party-driven dialogue on Sustainable Development in the context of Article 6 PA
Text Proposals: Promoting sustainable development through article 6 of the Paris Agreement
UNEP DTU Partnership and the Gold Standard Foundation are the founding partners and operating entities of the SDI. Since its start in 2017, the SDI has been supported by Belgium, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Focus area: Climate Planning and Policy, Expanding use and understanding of market instruments
Country / Region: Global