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Key considerations and next Steps with new climate finance goals

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Climate change is inherently a story of injustice. Those who have contributed the least to the crisis often bear the brunt of its impacts due to limited resources and vulnerabilities. Recognizing this reality, governments began addressing the climate crisis in the early 1990s, with wealthier nations committing to lead efforts while supporting developing countries through finance, technology, and capacity building. 

The Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 saw a significant addition: a pledge to mobilize $100 billion annually in climate finance for developing nations by 2020, alongside meaningful mitigation actions and transparency in implementation. Fast forward to 2015, the Paris Agreement extended this commitment through 2025 and initiated negotiations for a new collective quantified goal (NCQG) to further accelerate climate action. 

As negotiations for the new goal intensify, key elements must be agreed upon. These include the quantity, structure, quality, contributors, alignment with the Paris Agreement’s finance goals, time frames, revision processes, and tracking mechanisms. Reflecting on lessons from the $100 billion goal, clarity, inclusivity, and accountability are paramount. 

Negotiating mandates have provided parameters, with the aim to set the new goal above $100 billion annually, considering the needs of developing countries. The goal should contribute to limiting global temperature rise, fostering resilience, and aligning finance with low-emission pathways. 

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Governments have engaged in technical dialogues to explore options, but now the focus shifts to refining these options for a draft negotiating text. Quantity-wise, the goal should surpass $100 billion and consider various funding sources and needs assessments. Structurally, sub-targets and layers may enhance progress tracking and balance among components. 

Quality considerations necessitate clear principles, improved access, and inclusivity, addressing sovereign debt concerns. Determining contributors involves defining developed countries and potentially integrating private sector and innovative finance. Alignment with the Paris Agreement’s finance goals is crucial, integrating broader climate finance reforms. 

Time frames and revision mechanisms require careful consideration, balancing ambition with practicality. Effective tracking and reporting mechanisms, building on new reporting guidelines, will ensure transparency and accountability. 

The road ahead demands open, constructive dialogue among technical negotiators and political leaders. Critical high-level meetings provide opportunities to bridge gaps and find common ground. Delaying discussions risks compromising ambition at COP29. 

In navigating this complex landscape, preparation and collaboration are paramount. Governments must transparently articulate needs and constraints, striving for an ambitious, inclusive, and actionable goal empowering all countries to address the urgent climate crisis. 

 

Dr. Edward Mungai
Dr. Edward Mungaihttp://www.edwardmungai.com/
The writer, Dr. Edward Mungai, is a global sustainability expert. He is the Lead Consultant and Partner at Impact Africa Consulting Ltd (IACL), a leading sustainability and strategy advisory in Africa. He is also the Chief Editor at Africa Sustainability Matters. He can be contacted via mailto:edward@edwardmungai.com

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