skip to Main Content

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits

Chan, S., Hale, T., Deneault, A. et al. Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 628–633 (2022).


Since 2014 we have witnessed an unprecedented mobilization of climate initiatives with transnational actors, including business, investors, and civil society organizations. In our new piece in Nature Climate Change we look at 276 initiatives launched at major summits since 2014, investigating their performance and identifying opportunities to strengthen them.

Climate summits have launched many climate initiatives. But not every summit has been as effective at launching well-performing initiatives. Recent summits seem to perform worse. Has summit fatigue set in? Have low-hanging fruits been picked?

Five years of climate action and summitry have taught us valuable lessons. Orchestrators of climate action can positively influence performance by setting minimal requirements for credibility and robustness among the initiatives they engage.

Read our piece here (open access).

You might like these publication categories

Recent publications

2022 Annual Report

Curious to know about the various parts of the Earth System Governance Project, and what has been achieved in 2022?…

Global Shifts: Business, Politics, and Deforestation in a Changing World Economy

What global shifts in markets and power mean for the politics and governance of sustainability. In recent years, major shifts…

Earth System Governance – Volume 16

We are delighted to present the sixteenth volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested…