What Counts: Tools to Help Define and Understand Progress Towards the $100 Billion Climate Finance Commitment

What Counts: Tools to Help Define and Understand Progress Towards the $100 Billion Climate Finance Commitment. World Resources Institute. Pual Bodnar et al. September 2015.

As Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) design a post-2020 climate agreement and establish their national contributions within it, the question of progress toward existing climate finance targets has become a sticking point. While mobilizing $100 billion will not meet the climate investment challenge by itself, the goal is currently the primary political benchmark for assessing progress on climate finance. The paper aims to present the key variables Parties have emphasized in debates about “what counts”, and then propose an approach to classifying climate finance that Parties could use as a starting point for their analyses and interpretations. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 21 pages, 1.4 MB].

Greenhouse Gas Pledges by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Pledges by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Jane A. Leggett. June 29, 2015.

International negotiations are underway toward an agreement, due in December 2015, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)regarding commitments and actions to address human-related, global climate change from 2020 on. The report briefly summarizes the existing commitments and pledges of selected national and regional governments to limit their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as contributions to the global effort.

[PDF format, 10 pages, 268.32 KB].