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Nordic Opportunities to Provide Leadership in the Global Climate Action Agenda

International Cooperative Climate Initiatives with Major Upscaling and Impact Potentials

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The Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) covers a wealth of cooperative action between governments, cities, businesses, non-governmental organisations and citizens. Non-state climate initiatives under the GCAA represent a key means to rapidly bridge the gaps in current climate action. This report identifies some 300 international cooperative initiatives worldwide, noting Nordic stakeholders among the most active participants within these initiatives. The analysis recommends continued Nordic support for initiatives with strong commitments to effective and transparent action. It also filters out 7 mitigation, adaptation and/or finance related initiatives of particular interest for Nordics. They are well aligned with the 2019 Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality by the Nordic prime ministers and represent major opportunities for accelerated climate action - also within Nordic countries.

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Background

Reaching the Paris Agreement targets – limiting the global temperature rise and strengthening the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change – requires global action by all parts of society, not only governments. The Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) was launched at the Marrakech climate conference (COP 22) in 2016 to further boost cooperative action between governments, cities, business, investors, non-governmental organisations and citizens to achieve rapid and effective mitigation and adaptation action. The GCAA builds on the 2014 Lima-Paris Action Agenda, which brought together a large number of non-state actors in support of the Paris Agreement, and demonstrated that the world is already taking climate action, well before 2020 and on many levels of society.

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