Thailand’s Readiness Plan to Combat Climate Change under the Paris Agreement

From left to right
  1. Dr. Bantoon Setsirote, Director of Good Governance for Social Development and the environment Institute (GSEI)
  2. Dr. Anuson Chinvanno, Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs and Senior Expert, NCCC
  3. Mrs. Prasertsuk Chamornmarn, Executive Director of Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) TGO
  4. Dr. Raweewan Bhuridej, Secretary-General of Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP)
  5. Dr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, ONEP and
  6. Mr. Tim Mahler, GIZ Project Director
The outcome of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 22) held from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, was disseminated through a seminar and presentation of the Draft Action Plan on the Paris Agreement. The event was organised by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Good Governance for Social Development and Environment Institute (GSEI), Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) and GIZ’s Support to the Development and Implementation of Thai Climate Change Policy (CCA) project held on 22 December 2016 in Bangkok.The seminar was attended by more than 200 participants from the public and private sectors.
 
The highlights of the conferences were as follows:
      1)  Parties have agreed to accelerate the full implementation and finalised Paris rulebook by 2018
      2) The conference adopted the terms of reference for the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), which shall be a capacity-building mechanism for developing the country under the Paris Agreement
      3) Parties agreed that the Adaptation Fund should also support the Paris Agreement in adaptation efforts of countries impacted by climate change and the implementation study should be completed by 2018.
 
On 12 December 2015, the meeting adopted the Paris Agreement, a long-term cooperation framework for the global communities to combat climate change with three main objectives:
  1. Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels
  2. Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development
  3. Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. 
The Paris Agreement addresses the reduction of greenhouse gas, adaptation to climate change, climate finance, technology transfer, capacity building of developing countries, enhanced transparency framework for action and support, and global stock take. 
 
Thailand is party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) whose objective is to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere due to human intervention. 
 
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) with the Good Governance for Social Development and Environment Institute (GSEI) have organised several steering and capacity-building projects to serve the goals.  ONEP and GSEI have also prepared a “Draft Action Plan on Paris Agreement” that was presented to relevant agencies for comments on 22 December 2016.  The suggestions and opinions received will be used to ensure concrete and appropriate implementation under the Paris Agreement as well as provide future linkages with relevant agencies. 

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