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On October 28, WRI and partners hosted a high-level launch event for the State of Climate Action 2021 report, which answers these fundamental questions. Developed by partners contributing to the Systems Change Lab, the report identifies 40 indicators across key sectors that must transform to address the climate crisis and assesses how current trends stack up against targets for 2030 and 2050 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C. The analysis highlights both encouraging bright spots that are witnessing exponential change as well as sectors that are well off track and demand urgent attention.

Coming out just before the G20 Summit and the COP26 climate summit, the State of Climate Action 2021 report arms countries, businesses, philanthropists, and others with a clear-eyed view of where we stand sector-by-sector, and what supportive measures and finance are necessary to accelerate the world toward a safer, prosperous and more equitable future.


  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund (moderator)

  • Nigel Topping, United Nations High-Level Climate Champion

  • Naoko Ishii, Executive Vice President, University of Tokyo Center for Global Commons

  • Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

  • Surabi Menon, VP, Global Intelligence, ClimateWorks Foundation

  • Niklas Höhne, Partner, New Climate Institute

  • Bill Hare, CEO, Climate Analytics

  • Sophie Boehm, Research Associate, World Resources Institute