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Keeping the world on track to meet climate goals to support global prosperity – through the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals -- requires more than just action by national governments.  All actors have a role to play and are beginning to work more in sync, but further alignment is needed. At the most recent climate negotiations at COP22 in Marrakech, non-state and subnational actors took the stage alongside government leaders through...

Now that 190 countries have committed to new national climate plans – known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs -- under the Paris Agreement on climate change, they are looking for ways to convert these commitments into action. The success of the Paris Agreement on climate change depends in large part on whether countries can do this in a coordinated and effective manner.

The good news is that many governments and multilateral institutions offer technical and financial assistance, some cases have for years. However, navigating the vast, fragmented array of support can...

Last week, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) convened in Songdo for its penultimate meeting in 2016. As the biggest multilateral climate fund to date, the GCF has a vital role to play in delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement. While the GCF has made some progress in the last year—including approving its first projects, adopting a strategic plan, strengthening its readiness program and building...

The 2015 Paris Agreement has given a new impulse for the implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs. This was confirmed at the Oslo REDD Exchange conference, hosted by the Norwegian government last June, which was attended by 511 participants from 47 countries. The conference highlighted the importance of REDD+ for reaching the Paris Agreement's goal of reducing global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F).

REDD+ programs are regarded not only...

You can’t change what you can’t measure. That’s true whether you’re talking about losing weight, improving your race time or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

When it comes to climate action, measuring countries’ emissions and the progress they make toward reducing them is critical for evaluating whether the world is on track to limit temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C. Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions and emissions reductions is necessary to ensure that efforts to combat climate change are paying off.

The Paris Agreement, forged last December,...

Today, we have more data about forests than ever before, but we still can’t seem to agree on where, when and why forests are changing around the world.

Even two prominent global data sources appear to disagree, at least on the surface. “World deforestation slows down” was the headline of the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In the same year,...

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The Green Climate Fund (GCF), the largest dedicated international climate fund, is expected to channel billions of dollars to help developing countries combat climate change. It is one of the primary institutions supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement and is built into the Agreement as one of the operating entities of the Agreement’s financial mechanism.

This week, the Board of the Green Climate Fund meets in Songdo, South Korea, for its 13th meeting since the Fund’s inception in...

We have reached the mid-point for the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, and negotiators are hard at work hammering out details on a range of issues, including the transparency and accountability requirements under the Paris Agreement. Delegates know that if approached correctly, these transparency and accountability provisions can catalyze greater efforts to curb emissions and build resilience to the consequences of climate change.

Below, we break down why it is so important for negotiators to get transparency and accountability under the Paris Agreement right – and a number...

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