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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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Concluding remarks and ways forward

The analysis identifies in total some 300 international cooperative initiatives. While the diversity among these initiatives remains wide – related to type, scale and relevance – and challenges concerning transparency and overall MRV persist for many of the initiatives, jointly they represent a major potential for accelerated climate action. Noting the massive amount of initiatives, complementing action already on-going within the UNFCCC framework, it is not surprising that the analysis does not reveal any major “climate action gaps”, not covered by these 300 initiatives.

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