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Climate change

The global challenge of climate change requires practical and swift action at national level for full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

National law has a key role to play. This includes laws and regulations whose primary purpose is to achieve climate policy objectives, as well as laws that are designed for non-climate purposes but that take into account climate change issues or impacts.

This breadth of laws covers, amongst others, 'overarching' climate change laws, energy law, land use and planning law, water and forestry management law, transport law, disaster risk management law, and corporate, financial and tax law.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is working closely with UNFCCC and UN Environment to develop a Law and Climate Change Toolkit that will support countries to review their national laws and undertake reform in support of climate policy commitments

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