State of Climate Action

Assessing Progress toward 2030 and 2050



The authors would like to acknowledge the following for their guidance, critical reviews, and research support:

  • This report was conducted in partnership between ClimateWorks Foundation and World Resources Institute. The report benefited not only from ClimateWorks Foundation’s financial support but also from the work of its Global Intelligence team, Dan Plechaty and Surabi Menon, who were pivotal in conceiving the idea for the analysis and provided guidance throughout the research and writing process.
  • The Climate Action Tracker consortium designed sectoral indicators and targets for four of the sectors. Contributing colleagues from the consortium included Louise Jeffery, Anna Nilsson, Niklas Höhne, and Markus Hagemann from NewClimate Institute and Marie-Camille Attard, Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, Andreas Geiges, Matthew Gidden, Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer, and Ryan Wilson from Climate Analytics.
  • WRI’s Pankaj Bhatia, Helen Mountford, and Rhys Gerholdt provided valuable review and strategic guidance.

We thank our external reviewers who have shared their expertise and insights: Thomas Andre, Susan Cook-Patton, Todd Edwards, Andreas Geiges, Anne Hammill, Louise Jeffery, Maxine Jordan, Fridolin Krausmann, Surabi Menon, Annett Moehner, Dan Plechaty, Stephanie Roe, Alex Tankou, and Jen Wilcox.

Thanks also go to our WRI colleagues for their thoughtful reviews: Rebecca Carter, Sebastian Castellanos, Chen Chen, Cynthia Cummis, Ed Davey, Crystal Davis, Pamli Deka, Wee Kean Fong, Arya Harsono, Kevin Kennedy, Jennifer Layke, Xiangyi Li, Michelle Manion, Liqing Peng, Alex Perera, Ethan Roday, Viviane Romeiro, Dayuma Ruiz, Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Tim Searchinger, Joe Thwaites, David Waskow, Mikaela Weisse, Debbie Weyl, Arief Wijaya, and Jessica Zionts.

While the contributions from reviewers are greatly appreciated, the views presented in this paper are those of the authors alone.

The authors are grateful to WRI colleagues Emily Matthews and Laura Malaguzzi Valeri for their research advice and guidance. We also wish to acknowledge WRI colleagues for their support in the production of the report, including administrative assistance, editing, graphic design, and layout: Emilia Suarez, Emily Matthews, Romain Warnault, Bill Dugan, Rosie Ettenheim, and Mary Levine. We received communications and outreach support from Rhys Gerholdt, Molly Bergen, and Anthony Yazaki. We would also like to thank Clea Schumer for her data verification support.

We are pleased to acknowledge our institutional strategic partners, who provide core funding to WRI: the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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