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

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We conducted a rapid review that examines how the UK government is aligning its official development assistance (ODA) with the Paris Agreement. We’ve followed up on the government’s progress implementing our recommendations, but we will return to three outstanding issues again in 2024. Find out more on the ‘Further scrutiny‘ tab.


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

Published 14 October 2021

Government response

Published 25 November 2021

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 22 February 2022

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 July 2023

Further follow-up

Expected summer 2024