This event at COP26 highlighted the importance of legislatures worldwide in the scrutiny and delivery of national climate commitments and wider climate and nature policy. It discussed how a range of legislatures have translated international commitments into domestic frameworks. The event will also provide a forum for parliamentarians to share best practice on scrutinising climate and nature policy and legislation, promoting accountability for government policy, and developing broader public engagement.
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The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.