UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions: Climate Change and Trade

Center for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) Working Paper No. 2017-02

274 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2017

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Rana Elkahwagy

Harvard University, Law School, Students ; Alexandria University - Faculty of Law

Vandana Gyanchandani

O. P. Jindal Global University - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS)

Dario Piselli

Centre for International Environmental Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Date Written: January 9, 2017

Abstract

Even though the Paris Agreement does not include any trade-related provisions, trade has the potential to play a major role in the implementation of the response measures enshrined by the Parties in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), while creating opportunities for many countries to achieve changes in the structure of their economies. Accordingly, this study seeks to achieve a better understanding of the impacts of the actual response measures contained in the NDCs on economic diversification, including their interactions with existing trade rules, in order to build mutual supportiveness between the climate and trade regimes while also contributing to broader sustainable development objectives. The analysis is conducted in three parts. First, the study seeks to identify all the response measures contained in the INDCs/NDCs that appear to interact with existing trade rules. Second, the study investigates the potential of the response measures identified in the INDCs/NDCs to have domestic and cross-border effects on economic diversification. Third, the study examines the role of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in supporting such a potential through the incorporation of climate-related measures in the international trading system.

Keywords: Climate Change, Paris Agreement, Nationally Determined Contributions, Response Measures, Economic Diversification, Free Trade Agreements, International Trade

JEL Classification: F13, F18, K32, K33, N70, Q37, Q56

Suggested Citation

Elkahwagy, Rana and Gyanchandani, Vandana and Piselli, Dario, UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions: Climate Change and Trade (January 9, 2017). Center for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) Working Paper No. 2017-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2919692 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2919692

Rana Elkahwagy

Harvard University, Law School, Students ( email )

1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Alexandria University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Moustafa Mshrafa st.
Souter
Alexandria
Egypt

Vandana Gyanchandani

O. P. Jindal Global University - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) ( email )

Jindal Centre 12 Bhi12 Bhikaiji Cama Place
Near Jagdishpur Village
New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh/Haryana 110 066
India

Dario Piselli (Contact Author)

Centre for International Environmental Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/research/centresandprogrammes/cies.html

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/research/centresandprogrammes/cies.html

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