Online platform launched to support Paris Agreement goals through open climate data and analytics resources

Above image: Historical Greenhouse gas emissions/ Screenshot from Climate Watch

A free online platform has been launched to provide open climate data, visualisations and resources, which will empower policymakers, researchers, media and other stakeholders and enable them to gather insights on national and global progress on climate change. The platform is managed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with partners, including the World Bank Group and the United Nations.

Climate Watch ( is a flagship initiative of the NDC Partnership, a coalition of countries and institutions working to mobilise support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing sustainable development. NDCs refer to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through NDCs and to strengthen these efforts in the years ahead. This includes requirements that all Parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts.

Climate Watch contributes to the goals of the Paris Agreement by using open data to increase transparency and accountability, and provide actionable analysis on how countries can enhance their efforts to combat climate change.

It brings together dozens of datasets for the first time to let users analyse and compare the NDCs, access historical emissions data, discover how countries can leverage their climate goals to achieve their sustainable development objectives, and use models to map new pathways to a lower carbon, prosperous future.

This free platform enables users to create and share custom data visualisations and comparisons of national climate commitments.

The platform includes data and visualisations on all countries’ greenhouse gas emissions (by sectors, regions and gases), as well as a comprehensive, user-friendly database of all countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The latter provides information on the status of ratification and NDCs submission, along with details of the NDCs.

Data for the former is obtained from WRI’s CAIT, the PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), and the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).  

Climate Watch also provides comprehensive mapping of linkages between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This would help identify potential alignment between the targets, actions, policies measures and needs in countries’ NDCs and the targets of the SDGs.

Linkage between Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals/ Screenshot from Climate Watch

Data and visuals of emissions scenario pathways for major emitting countries, derived from a growing library of models will be available soon. This tool would enable easy visualisation of a range of future emission pathways linked to different scenarios of economic and energy development.

National and sectoral profile pages offer a snapshot of climate progress, risks and vulnerabilities.

Partners for Climate Watch include Climate Action Tracker, Climate Analytics, giz, Google, the World Bank Group and the United Nations.  Generous funding for the initiative was provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Google.

Additional data was provided by Center for Policy Research India, Department of Sciences and Environmental Engineering - New University of Lisbon, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, Environmental Change Institute - University of Oxford, Environmental Research Institute - University College Cork, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Paul Scherrer Institute, The Global Calculator, U.S. Energy Information Administration and the UNFCCC – Biennial Update Reports.

Climate Watch has an open data commitment and intends to provide information free of constraints and restrictions on use. Except as noted on this webpage, data and visualisations on the website carry the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license, which permits unrestricted reuse of Climate Watch content when proper attribution is provided.


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