Research shows that ambition to tackle big sustainability problems can emerge when the private and public sector recognize and reciprocate one another's efforts. Right now, one such "ambition loop," which aims to reduce deforestation related to your chocolate bars, is in danger of stalling out.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.
Data is a key area where business and governments can collaborate to accelerate climate action. In fact, data transparency can make countries more ambitious about climate action.
Share your "climate story." Meet policymakers where they are. Push government to be bolder. This is your 2019 corporate climate lobbyist checklist.
When it comes to combating climate change, neither governments nor businesses can do it alone. We need bold action from both so they can push each other toward a more prosperous, zero-carbon economy.
This paper discusses options for Climate Vulnerable Forum countries to enhance their Nationally Determined Contribution by 2020.
A new report from world's foremost climate scientists shows the perils of raising global temperatures by more than 1.5°C—extreme weather, coral reef die-off, food insecurity and more. The December UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland is the biggest immediate opportunity for nations to show they're taking the findings seriously.
This paper was prepared for the Argentine G20 presidency by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a contribution to the Climate Sustainability Working Group. The paper identifies issues that should be considered in the development of long-term strategies. It invites countries to learn from the experiences of countries that have already developed long-term strategies while building on and complementing existing domestic processes.
This paper presents a set of options for how targets, policies, and actions on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) can be incorporated in new or updated NDCs to support the achievement of global climate goals and national development objectives.
This working paper explores the global stocktake created by the Paris Agreement and the design of the modalities, procedures, and guidelines that will govern the implementation of the global stocktake.
This paper outlines a menu of options for enhancing NDCs by 2020 pursuant to the Paris Agreement. The menu includes options for enhancing the level of mitigation ambition of the NDC, elaborating or updating the adaptation content of an NDC, adding measures or actions to strengthening implementation and improving the clarity, transparency and understanding of the NDC.
The "Facilitative Dialogue" is one of the most important conversations to be had at COP22 in Marrakech.
Every UN climate negotiation brings with it a litany of jargon that even experts struggle to understand. Our jargon cheat sheet explains the buzzwords to watch at the latest round of negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco and their implications for curbing climate change.
Papua New Guinea formally submitted its "Nationally Determined Contribution" (NDC), committing to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. This first NDC submission marks a step forward in implementing the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.
The Paris Agreement adopted last year reflects the collective vision of 195 countries, but it's just the start of a longer process. While the Agreement lays out goals, the ability to achieve them depends on the rules, guidelines and processes to be hammered out in the months and years to come.
This chart outlines key tasks included in the Paris Agreement and accompanying draft decision that must be completed by UNFCCC groups and Parties before the Agreement enters into force.
Most of the discussion about the Paris Agreement focuses on countries' new climate plans, which are aimed at the post-2020 period. But the decisions made in Paris can also ramp up action in the short term, too.
One of the new Agreement's core ingredients is known as the ambition mechanism, or cycles of action. This mechanism lays out a process to continue strengthening countries' climate action every five years, starting before 2020.
Countries’ new climate plans should be seen as the floor rather than the ceiling. Low-carbon solutions will become increasingly affordable and accessible over time, allowing nations to gradually ratchet up their ambition.
Last week, International climate negotiators started their journey toward establishing a new international climate agreement.