Looking over the Shoulder of International Climate Policy

Video explains initiative for an Independent Global Stocktake on the implementation of the Paris Agreement

  • News 27.09.2019

The Climate Works Foundation and the World Resources Institute have launched a video explaining the function of the Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement and the initiative for an independent Global Stocktake, which includes a consortium of partners including the Wuppertal Institute.

The five-yearly Global Stocktake (GST) is one of the key features of the Paris Climate Agreement. The purpose of the GST is to review the implementation of the Paris Agreement in order to assess the collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Agreement and its long-term goals. The outcome of the GST shall inform Parties in updating and enhancing their climate actions. However, the official GST will likely not address all questions that are relevant for assessing the state of climate protection.

This is where the independent Global Stocktake (iGST) comes in. The iGST is a data and advocacy initiative that brings together climate researchers, modelers, campaigners and advocates to support the Paris Agreement. The iGST’s objective is to support the official Global Stocktake and to increase its accuracy, transparency, and accountability.

The new video lays out the context, and what’s at stake, in the global stocktaking process. In the video, Christiana Figueres explains the GST and its vital importance to the Paris Agreement. Jason Anderson from the Climate Works Foundation makes the call to partners to get more involved in the iGST.