The Global Stocktake (GST) Consideration of Outputs (CO) is the culmination of a 2-year process that should help to countries and other stakeholders to ramp up their ambition. Based on IDDRI’s participation in the official GST and experience in international processes, this submission makes recommendations regarding its structure and content.
- The GST-CO should send signals to the countries and other stakeholders for their upward revision of ambition. It can also establish concrete processes to ensure continuity and structure international cooperation going forward.
- For it to be robust, credible, and give strong signals to the real world, the CO needs to be grounded in the best technical and scientific knowledge. The technical and CO phases should mutually feed each other, supporting a strong scientific basis for the final GST outcome. We propose a specific timeline to implement that, starting by the April CO meetings and the 3rd Technical Dialogue.
- The purpose of the CO should not be to reflect everything emerging from science and the Technical Dialogues, but rather focus on elements that can make the most changes in real-world processes, acknowledging how the concrete policy processes happen in country and globally.
- For the GST to identify areas where it can have a real-world impact, its outcome should spell out system transformations that countries and other stakeholders should be acting upon to increase their ambition, as highlighted by the IPCC. The final text could also detail how to enact these transformations, identifying enablers that would leverage them, as well as international cooperation initiatives to meet those conditions.
- Basing the GST-CO messages in the best available science will also help identify priority action areas for stakeholders to collectively take in order to reach the 1.5ºC goal in tandem with halting and reversing the dual biodiversity loss crisis. Key priorities include: (i) prioritizing deep emission cuts to near zero CO2 emissions by 2050, implying deep transformations towards a clean energy system, (ii) in the land sector, prioritizing this decade halting deforestation of intact forests, and natural reforestation and ecosystem regeneration, (iii) not over-depending on land-based Carbon Dioxide Removal to reach net-zero goals.