Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework

Global Policy, Forthcoming

27 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2020

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Sander Chan

Global Center on Adaptation; Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE)

Idil Boran

York University

Harro van Asselt

University of Eastern Finland - School of Law

Paula Ellinger

Fundación Avina

Miriam Garcia

University of São Paulo (USP)

Thomas Hale

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government

Lukas Hermwille

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment & Energy

Kennedy Mbeva

University of Melbourne; African Research & Impact Network (ARIN)

Aysem Mert

Stockholm University

Charles Roger

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals - IBEI

Amy Weinfurter

WaterNow Alliance

Oscar Widerberg

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Paulette Bynoe

University of Guyana

Victoria Chengo

African Research & Impact Network (ARIN)

Ayman Cherkaoui

McGill University - Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)

Todd Edwards

Mission 2020

Malin Gütschow

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig)

Angel Hsu

Yale-NUS College; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Data-Driven EnviroLab

Nathan E. Hultman

University of Maryland

David Levaï

United Nations Foundation

Saffran Mihnar

EarthLanka

Sara Posa

World Benchmarking Alliance

Mark Roelfsema

Utrecht University

Bryce Rudyk

New York University (NYU) - Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law

Michelle Scobie

The University of the West Indies

Manish Shrivastava

TERI School of Advanced Studies

Date Written: December 11, 2020

Abstract

This paper examines the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) and discusses options to improve sub- and non-state involvement in post-2020 climate governance. A framework that stimulates sub- and non-state action is a necessary complement to national governmental action, as the latter falls short of achieving low-carbon and climate-resilient development as envisaged in the Paris Agreement. Applying design principles for an ideal-type orchestration framework, we review literature and gather expert judgements to assess whether the GCAA has been collaborative, comprehensive, evaluative and catalytic. Results show that there has been greater collaboration and coordination among orchestrators, for instance, in the organization of events. However, mobilization efforts remain event-driven and too little effort is invested in understanding the progress of sub- and non-state action. Data collection has improved, although more sophisticated indicators are needed to evaluate climate and sustainable development impacts. Finally, the GCAA has recorded more action, but relatively little by actors in developing countries. As the world seeks to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, a post-2020 GCAA could make a vital contribution to climate action in challenging times by helping governments keep climate and enhance commitments; strengthening capacity for sub- and non-state action; enabling accountability; and helping to realize sustainable development.

Keywords: Climate Action, Global Governance, UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, Orchestration, Transnational Actors

Suggested Citation

Chan, Sander and Boran, Idil and van Asselt, Harro and Ellinger, Paula and Garcia, Miriam and Hale, Thomas and Hermwille, Lukas and Mbeva, Kennedy and Mert, Aysem and Roger, Charles and Weinfurter, Amy and Widerberg, Oscar and Bynoe, Paulette and Chengo, Victoria and Cherkaoui, Ayman and Edwards, Todd and Gütschow, Malin and Hsu, Angel and Hultman, Nathan E. and Levaï, David and Mihnar, Saffran and Posa, Sara and Roelfsema, Mark and Rudyk, Bryce and Scobie, Michelle and Shrivastava, Manish, Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework (December 11, 2020). Global Policy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3747075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3747075

Sander Chan (Contact Author)

Global Center on Adaptation ( email )

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Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE) ( email )

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Idil Boran

York University ( email )

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Harro Van Asselt

University of Eastern Finland - School of Law ( email )

Joensuu
Finland

Paula Ellinger

Fundación Avina

Panama

Miriam Garcia

University of São Paulo (USP)

Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto 380
Sao Paulo, 05508-010
Brazil

Thomas Hale

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government ( email )

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4JJ
United Kingdom

Lukas Hermwille

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment & Energy ( email )

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Germany

Kennedy Mbeva

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Australia

African Research & Impact Network (ARIN) ( email )

Nairobi, Nairobi
Kenya

Aysem Mert

Stockholm University

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Charles Roger

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals - IBEI

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, Barcelona 08005
Spain

Amy Weinfurter

WaterNow Alliance

United States

Oscar Widerberg

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

Paulette Bynoe

University of Guyana

P.O. Box 101110
Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown
Guyana

Victoria Chengo

African Research & Impact Network (ARIN)

Kenya

Ayman Cherkaoui

McGill University - Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) ( email )

Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Todd Edwards

Mission 2020 ( email )

United States

Malin Gütschow

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig)

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Leipzig, 04318
Germany

Angel Hsu

Yale-NUS College ( email )

Singapore

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Nathan E. Hultman

University of Maryland ( email )

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United States

David Levaï

United Nations Foundation

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Washington, D.C. 20036
United States

Saffran Mihnar

EarthLanka

Sri Lanka

Sara Posa

World Benchmarking Alliance

Netherlands

Mark Roelfsema

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

Bryce Rudyk

New York University (NYU) - Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10012
United States
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Michelle Scobie

The University of the West Indies

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Cave Hill Campus
St Michael
Trinidad and Tobago

Manish Shrivastava

TERI School of Advanced Studies ( email )

IHC Complex
Lodhi Road
New Delhi, 110003
India

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