UK aid’s alignment with the Paris Agreement

A forthcoming review will examine 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: In progress
  2. Last updated: 3 June 2021
  3. Type: Rapid review
  4. Subject: Climate change and biodiversity
  5. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  6. SDGs covered:Climate action

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We are conducting a rapid review that will examine how the UK government is aligning its official development assistance (ODA) with the Paris Agreement. We have published our approach summary paper and we’re currently gathering evidence. We expect to publish the review in Autumn 2021, ahead of COP26.


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



Published 3 June 2021

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Expected Autumn 2021

Further scrutiny

Details to be confirmed