iGST Winter Webinar:  Modelling Equity in the Global Stocktake

iGST Winter Webinar: Modelling Equity in the Global Stocktake
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:00 am - 10:00 am PT


The Paris Agreement makes explicit provisions for the integration of equity in all climate pledges and response measures undertaken by party actors in ways that are consistent with the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances. While the CBDR-RC principle is notionally understood, a commonly agreed approach in determining what constitutes fair and equitable pledges and actions is still yet to be defined.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) deconstructed the notion of equity by developing categorizations of effort-sharing approaches which are underpinned by the principles of capability-to-pay, equality, responsibility and right to development. Guided by these principles, some researchers have sought to examine the effort-sharing question under a hybrid modelling approach while others have favored relative weighting approaches. However, no single approach has drawn general consensus among party actors and questions remain on which methodology can be used to fairly allocate emissions in a manner consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

What concepts of fairness shape the way in which countries determine their fair share contributions as they plan to enhance their national climate pledges? Can there exist a singular approach to determining equitable contributions or does a plethora of effort-sharing approaches offer the best chance to stay on course toward a 1.5-degree world?

Join the Independent Global Stocktake Initiative (iGST) in addressing the equity debate that is critical to the health and success of the global climate convention.  The webinar will be moderated by Jason Anderson, Director of International Engagement and Non-CO2 initiatives at the ClimateWorks Foundation and will feature a panel of expert speakers.



Jason Anderson, Director of International Engagement and Non-CO2 initiatives, ClimateWorks Foundation



Tom Athanasiou, Climate-Equity Specialist, Eco-Equity and the Climate Equity Reference Project

Yann Robiou du Pont, Research Fellow, IDDRI

Heleen Van Soest, Researcher, International Climate Policy, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Niklas Höhne, Founding Partner of NewClimate Institute, Climate Action Tracker



Harald Winkler, Professor, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town

Lina Dabbagh, Head of Political Advocacy, CAN International

Nico Bauer, Senior Scientist and Group Leader, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



About the iGST

The independent input to the Global Stocktake (iGST) is a climate data analysis and advocacy initiative that aims to foster collaboration between global climate researchers and modelers and the global climate advocacy community. The initiative was born out of the need to develop coherent framing on the process of taking progressive stock of the implementation of the Paris agreement with the goal of organizing and providing substantive input to the formal Global Stocktake which is a mechanism mandated in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Although not mandated until 2023, the Stocktake, if done properly, will rely on information gathered well in advance, as well as on expectation setting about what it should include and accomplish. In May 2018, ClimateWorks Foundation in collaboration with global partners formally launched the iGST initiative to explore ways to outline what independent researchers and advocates can bring to the table to provide data and analysis, set expectations, and ensure a robust official process.
The initiative is envisioned to expand into a multi-year effort to provide a platform for discussion, coordination and input.


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