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Climate action is core to the G20 Agenda on economic growth. This paper highlights the critical need for the world’s top emitters to develop long-term climate and development strategies and strengthen their national climate plans by 2020 under the Paris Agreement.

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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.

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This working paper analyzes the varied greenhouse gas reduction targets of the G20 countries, including China, the United States, India, the European Union, and Brazil, to name a few. It translates countries’ targets into a common metric of absolute emissions levels in 2020, 2025, and 2030 and presents them visually to increase the clarity of countries’ proposed emissions limits.

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