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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).

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