Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2018

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December 2018
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Marrakech Partnership

Climate change remains a growing, existential threat. We were given stark warnings of this in 2018 from scientists in the Global Warming of 1.5 °C report of the International Panel on Climate Change and from nature in the form of record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather events.

Are we doing enough? The answer is clearly, no. We need to commit to urgent, increasingly ambitious global climate action.

What is clear is that government action alone cannot bring success. All levels of government, all sectors public and private, civil society, and yes, individuals, need to step up their action. We need to act together, around the globe and at home, where we work and where we live. We need global climate action that encompasses the world. This Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2018 is part of that effort. It takes stock of what is happening on the ground to reveal progress and opportunities for increased action. The yearbook draws on information from the relaunched Global Climate Action portal, inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue, published reports and others sources, such as commitments pledged at the Global Climate Action Summit and continuing efforts of the Marrakech Partnership, to create a useful picture for national climate negotiators and non-Party actors.

The 2018 Yearbook provides an overview of these events, initiatives and reports, and reviews progress achieved over the past year. In line with the aim of promoting the development of global climate action, this year’s edition also showcases a selection from the many initiatives and partnerships which are already demonstrating tangible progress. Five major trends could be identified from the analysis of the vast amount of resources.

  • First, global climate action is helping close the gap in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • Second, global climate action is growing and diversifying, addressing a wide range of sectors, from health care, forestry, agriculture, and coastal zone management to investments in both mitigation and adaptation.
  • Third, outputs of global climate action are increasing in middle and low-income countries, and also contributing to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Fourth, global climate action is helping finance the transition to a low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient global economy.
  • Fifth, global climate action is becoming more transparent, thus more visible and better communicated, with a larger number of initiatives publicly registering and reporting their actions.