The iGST ‘Designing a Robust Stocktake’ Discussion Series

The iGST ‘Designing a Robust Stocktake’ Discussion Series papers envision the contours of an ideal Global Stocktake and suggests ways in which the independent community can help to achieve that vision.

This new discussion series, ‘Designing a Robust Stocktake,’ is part of a multi-part research effort organized by the ClimateWorks Foundation and seven partner organizations within the independent Global Stocktake (iGST) initiative, each of whom are publishing their findings as a Discussion Series paper. A first set of papers are being released in early December 2019; a second set in early 2020; and a synthesis report in early-mid 2020. Please find links to the currently available reports below and to the right. (Note that there may be topics not covered in the individual Discussion Series papers that will be addressed in the synthesis report.)  We hope this report series enriches our collective understanding of the transformative potential for the Global Stocktake and the ways in which the independent community can push it to be as effective as possible!

Approaching the Global Stocktake from a variety of angles

Working groups exploring the three long-term goals of the Paris Agreement—mitigation, adaptation, and finance—have sought to determine how existing data sources can inform the Global Stocktake, and the potential role for the independent community in supporting stocktaking. Lead organizations have combined their own expertise with that of the broader community through interviews, discussion webinars, and written feedback on draft materials.

  • Mitigation: University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability – Paper forthcoming
  • Adaptation: UNEP DTU Partnership – Paper forthcoming
  • Finance: Watson, C, Roberts, L. (2019) “Understanding finance in the Global Stocktake.”Overseas Development Institute – This report considers the implications and gaps in guidance for the finance discussions of the GST. In doing so it considers both the means of support and implementation for climate action in developing countries, as well as the consistency of all finance flows with climate objectives.
  • A fourth working group has been mapping Equity as a cross cutting consideration: Holz, C, T Athanasiou, S Kartha (2019) “Equity in the Global Stocktake and Independent Global Stocktakte.” Climate Equity Reference Project. This report explores the myriad ways in which the GST as well as other informal stocktaking exercises could take equity into account, to fulfill the “in the light of equity” mandate of the Paris Agreement and to facilitate more ambition overall.


Additional experts have sought, through desk research, targeted interviews, and inputs from the working groups above, to answer a set of discrete questions related to the Global Stocktake.

  • Review lessons from other collaborative processes: Wuppertal Institute – Paper forthcoming
  • Examine functions and conditions of success of the Global Stocktake: Obergassel, W, L Hermwille, A Siemons, H Förster (2019) “Success Factors for the Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement.” Wuppertal Institute. This report explores how the Global Stocktake may contribute to providing guidance and signal to Parties and other actors, promote transparency and accountability, and foster knowledge and learning.
  • Consider questions the Global Stocktake might answer: Hohne, N, L Jeffery, A Nilsson, H Fekete (2019) “Guiding questions for the Global Stocktake: What we know and what we don’t.” NewClimate Institute. This report aims to identify knowledge gaps as well as potential areas of focus for a successful GST to take place. It finds that some questions are adequately covered in the existing literature, however, significant knowledge gaps remain to achieve a successful Global Stocktake, specifically in the areas of adaptation and finance.


A synthesis report on a robust GST, tying together the elements above and filling additional gaps, will be produced by the World Resources Institute in 2020.