UK aid’s alignment with the Paris Agreement

A rapid review that examines how the UK government is aligning all its official development assistance (ODA) with the Paris Agreement, following its commitment to do so in 2019.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 14 October 2021
  3. Type: Rapid review
  4. Subject: Climate change and biodiversity
  5. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  6. SDGs covered:Climate action

Latest news

We conducted a rapid review that examines how the UK government is aligning its official development assistance (ODA) with the Paris Agreement. We published our review ahead of COP26 and the government’s response has now been published.

Summary

In mid 2019, the UK government made a commitment to align UK ODA with the Paris Agreement. Whilst the alignment of ODA is not an obligation, the government’s commitment takes steps towards the third long term goal of the Paris Agreement of making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development”.

The alignment of UK aid with the Paris Agreement is a live policy area. The UK government has championed the increase in funding for climate action in developing countries. At the same time, recent parliamentary scrutiny has highlighted a lack of alignment of some UK ODA with climate commitments.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to this review are:

  • Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action

Timeline

Approach

Published 3 June 2021

Evidence gathering

Completed

Review publication

Published 14 October 2021

Government response

Published 25 November 2021

ICAI follow-up

Details to be confirmed

Further scrutiny

Details to be confirmed