Since the Paris Agreement was struck, many countries have made significant progress in ramping up their plans to reduce emissions. However, these plans are still not as ambitious as needed to limit the most dangerous impacts of climate change and build a sustainable global economy. 

To limit global temperature change to 1.5 degrees C, countries should collectively cut emissions by around 55% by 2030. Stronger climate action from nations can protect the environment, improve the health of citizens worldwide and add as much as $26 trillion to the global economy by 2030 — but only if countries take swift action.

WRI and the New Climate Economy conduct research on issues such as jobs, health and resilience to offer compelling economic and social arguments for climate action — often a prerequisite for countries to consider setting stronger national climate plans.

We also help countries design long-term climate strategies that set the stage for reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century. To make those goals possible, we offer countries resources to strengthen their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. These resources include tools such as Climate Watch to help countries better monitor their own progress, serving as secretariat for the NDC Partnership and showcasing research-based ideas to mitigate emissions in specific sectors.