The urgency for all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to take immediate action to limit global warming and avoid the worst effects of climate change has been reinforced this year by the messages in the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The vital role that non-Party stakeholders (cities, regions, businesses, civil society) can play in driving ambition and delivering action was recognized by the IPCC report and by the Paris Agreement. In 2018, the contribution of non-Party stakeholders has been further enhanced by submissions to the Talanoa Dialogue and demonstrated at events like the Global Climate Action Summit.
The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, established at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), aims to mobilize action quickly and to reap the benefits in efficiency and effectiveness that come through partnerships and coordination between different actors. In 2018, the High-Level Champions (Minister Inia Seruiratu and Special Envoy Tomasz Chruszczow), with the support of the UNFCCC secretariat, have continued to connect initiatives and coalitions with national plans to spur even greater ambition and action.
The purpose of this Yearbook – the second to be produced by the Secretariat under the guidance of the High-Level Champions - is to reflect the range of current global climate action from non-Party stakeholders and bring key messages to the international community to encourage a higher level of ambition by Parties and non-Party stakeholders alike. The Yearbook also describes opportunities for governments to work together with non-Party stakeholders to increase the speed and ambition of climate action.