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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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The Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) covers a wealth of cooperative action between governments, cities, business, investors, non-governmental organisations and citizens to achieve rapid and effective climate change mitigation and adaptation. Non-state climate initiatives under the GCAA are a key means to bridge the considerable emissions gap. Under current fully implemented unconditional Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) the gap is estimated at approximately 32 Gigatons by 2030, assuming the Paris Agreement’s aim to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

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