Organization of Thematic Areas within the Global Climate Action Agenda

In the pre-2020 period, the role of cooperative initiatives for climate action is paramount to limit global warming to well below 2°C, and to drive toward the aim of limiting temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In the lead up to the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the governments of France and Peru, the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, and the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General built the connective tissue between collective actions on climate change as a mechanism to recognize and accelerate climate action. This program, the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), was reinforced by the Paris conference, which encourages the continuation of existing and future initiatives.

The Global Climate Action Agenda should encourage continuity with the thematic areas within the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), but make it more flexible by allowing initiatives to self-select into multiple thematic areas. This approach can recognize and support the existing “communities” of climate action while also creating new linkages and groupings that will support and accelerate climate action.

This memo presents key recommendations followed by three sections that outline the rationale and description for the grouping of actors and thematic areas, enhancing linkages across the groupings, and organizing the groupings with a Champion-enabled self-governance model.

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