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A Vision for a Robust Global Stocktake

The Global Stocktake (GST) is a process established under the Paris Agreement (PA) to periodically take stock of collective progress toward achieving the purpose and long-term goals of the PA. In 2018, the Parties negotiated the core structure of the GST at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. The elements of the GST process and details of the substantive information to be considered still need to be fleshed out.

This issue brief reviews ways to make the GST most effective within the confines of the structure already negotiated. It builds on a series of publications under the Independent Global Stocktake (iGST)—a collaborative effort by climate modelers, analysts, campaigners, and advocates that aims to support the GST process. It was prepared on the basis of a multiyear research effort by multiple organizations under the iGST’s “Designing a Robust Stocktake” discussion series, which analyzes the GST from a variety of angles, such as mitigation, adaptation, finance, and equity. The publications in this series were produced through targeted interviews, webinars, written feedback, and direct inputs


To release this paper, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and ClimateWorks Foundation hosted the event ‘Making the Paris Agreement Work: A Vision for a Robust Global Stocktake’ that took place on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Katia Simeonova, Manager of the Transparency Framework and UNFCCC Secretariat
  • Marianne Karlsen, Chair of SBI, Norway
  • Yamide Dagnet, Director, Climate Negotiations, WRI
  • Manuela Galan, Lead GST Negotiator, COP26 presidency
  • Nilesh Prakash, Senior Advisor – Political and Private Sector Engagement of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub, Fiji
  • Julio Cordano, Chief of Department of Climate Change and Sustainability, COP25, Chile

Download the webinar recording through the form above.


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Published September 28, 2020