The Independent Global Stocktake (iGST) is a consortium of civil society actors working together to support the Global Stocktake (GST), the formal process established under the Paris Agreement to periodically take stock of collective progress toward its long term goals.
The iGST aligns the independent community — from modelers and analysts, to campaigners and advocates — so we can push together for a robust GST that empowers countries to take greater climate action. Recognizing the political realities that constrain the formal process, the iGST aims to go beyond the GST in ways that ensures the Stocktake moment generates maximum positive impact.
The iGST welcomes the engagement of others providing advocacy and analysis to motivate countries to take on the commitments needed to combat global warming.
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The landmark Paris Agreement requires assessment of collective progress every five years as part of the regular process to increase the ambition of country climate commitments. This analysis, known as the Global Stocktake (GST), is an essential feature of the Paris Agreement, providing a solid foundation to empower countries to take bolder climate action.
The iGST timeline follows the structure of the formal GST, which occurs in 5-year cycles with the first set to culminate in 2023. Our collective work starts now.
Inspired by the critical role of the GST, in mid-2018 a group of global partners began to explore what independent researchers and advocates can bring to the table to provide data and analysis, set expectations, and ensure a robust GST. This led to the creation of the iGST, which aims to increase the accuracy, transparency, accountability, and relevance of the official benchmarking process.
The iGST is a multi-pronged umbrella initiative with an evolving, fit-for-purpose structure. The initiative consists of four workstreams, each led by two co-chairs, with a secretariat based at ClimateWorks Foundation.
In the current phase of work, there are working groups loosely paralleling each of the main long-term goals of the Paris Agreement (on mitigation, adaptation, and finance) as well as one focusing on equity. These working groups act as spaces for dialogue and launching pads for discrete pieces of work.
Other elements of the initiative occur outside the working group structure. For example, the iGST has commissioned research to analyze how the GST moment can be used to ratchet national climate action in practice, and is supporting a regional network pilot in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Adaptation Working Group
The Adaptation Working Group (AWG) will explore practical approaches and recommendations for a better integration of the private sector’s climate risk management and adaptation activity information into national and global adaptation stock taking efforts. The analysis will be conducted from the point of view of both the private sector and government stakeholders. The AWG hopes that its work will result in recommendations for a better integration of private sector efforts towards adaptation and climate risk reduction into national adaptation stocktaking.
Finance Working Group
The Finance Working Group (FWG) is an open partnership bringing together expert perspectives from the global north and south on the progress made towards financing climate action. Considering the provision of support to developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change and the consistency of finance flows with climate objectives, the FWG aims to support the UNFCCC GST process as well as independently benchmark the official GST. The group is co-chaired by Charlene Watson of the Overseas Development Institute and Courtnae Bailey of Imperial College London. Read more here.
Equity Working Group
The Equity Working Group is bringing together thinkers and practitioners, mainly from the Global South, working on equity in the UN climate regime. We aim to help concretize the Paris Agreement’s mandate to conduct the GST “in the light of equity.” In 2021, the group will create and release new thinking on how to consider equity in the GST across the themes of adaptation, finance and support, loss and damage, mitigation, etc. The group is co-led by The University of Cape Town and the Climate Equity Reference Project.
Mitigation Working Group
The Mitigation Working Group (MWG) aims to assist the independent community in using the GST as an opportunity to ratchet up real-world progress in climate mitigation. The MWG intends to help facilitate new research, robust discussion, and knowledge exchange to create a stronger community and a more effective and broader mitigation narrative. The group is co-chaired by Vaibhav Chaturvedi of the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water, and Leon Clarke and Nathan Hultman of the University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability.