The Himalayas separate the Tibetan Plateau from the Indian subcontinent. The Image credit: NASA Johnson, licenced under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED licence.
This submission is in response to the call for submissions on the consideration of outputs for Parties and non-Party stakeholders to submit views on elements of outputs for the Global Stocktake (GST) taking in consideration the informal note developed by the co-chairs contained in paragraph 37(a) of the report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and paragraph 64(a) of the report of the Subsidiary Body for Technological and Scientific Advice (SBSTA) from their fifty eight sessions (SB 58), which took place in Bonn, Germany from 5th to 15th, June, 2023.
In the submission, we highlight our expectations for a robust outcome of the first GST at COP 28 which includes Loss and Damage. We need to see the GST as a critical opportunity to assess where we are and what we need to do in order to get to where we need to be to limit global warming to below 1.5°C through ambitious mitigation action with developed countries taking the lead; enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability (the global goal on adaptation) to minimise loss and damage and to mobilise finance at the scale of the needs to address loss and damage. As such, the outcome of the GST must include a roadmap for ratcheting up ambition on all fronts in the next round of NDCs to avert (through mitigation), minimise (through adaptation) and address loss and damage.
We must see Loss and Damage reflected at the same level and given the same weight and importance as mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation and support in the outcome of the GST. We need to see both political and technical signals arising from the GST that catalyses climate action and mobilises finance on all fronts to create the world we all agreed to work towards when the Paris Agreement was established.