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Breakthrough Agenda – Launching an annual Global Checkpoint Process in 2022

The Breakthrough Agenda launched at the World Leaders Summit commits countries to work together to make clean technologies and sustainable solutions the most affordable, accessible and attractive option in each emitting sector globally before 2030.

Leaders committed to review progress annually, starting in 2022, supported by a report led by the IEA, working with IRENA and the UN High Level Action Champions, and Ministerial review around the annual MI and CEM Ministerials. Leaders also launched the ‘Glasgow Breakthroughs’ – a first set of global goals in high emitting sectors underneath this agenda.

To take this Agenda forward the UK underlines its steadfast commitment to working with all signatories and interested countries to accelerate progress under this Agenda.

As such, in 2022, as COP Presidency, the UK will take forward the following four key priorities – collectively known as the ‘Global Checkpoint Process’ – working in close collaboration with partners:

  1. Report on the State of the Transition: leaders have invited the International Energy Agency, working in collaboration with IRENA, the United Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry leaders as appropriate to assess progress against the objectives of the Breakthrough Agenda in high-emitting sectors, including towards the Glasgow Breakthroughs goals, and report on the state of the transition together with an assessment of the opportunities for and benefits from enhanced cooperation through the Breakthrough Agenda;
  2. Convene leading initiatives in each sector: we will bring together the government, non-state actor and international organisation representatives convening the leading initiatives within each major emitting sector, in particular those set out under the Glasgow Breakthroughs. These discussions will explore how initiatives can best support the Breakthroughs, and the potential for improved co-ordination between initiatives
  3. Co-convene Ministerial discussions on the State of the Transition: we will work with partners to invite supporters of the Breakthrough Agenda to meet alongside the Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings hosted by the US in 2022 to discuss the State of the Transition report, to review proposals for enhanced collaborative action and to agree to strengthen and reinforce the urgency, ambition and coordination of international efforts under the Breakthrough Agenda;
  4. Encourage new leaders-level commitments: working with partners, at Leader-level fora we will welcome new signatories to the Breakthroughs and seek to launch new Breakthroughs in areas not currently covered, such as in land use, aviation, shipping, buildings and other industrial sectors. We will reach out in the spirit of collaboration to the next COP Presidency to discuss progress of the Breakthrough Agenda at COP27.

Our ambition is to sustain and continually strengthen international cooperative action in high emitting sectors and keep this at the top of the international political agenda throughout this decade. To this end, and working with partners, we will seek to shape and establish the Global Checkpoint Process as an annual cycle of tracking and reviewing global progress in the transition, and of implementing further cooperative actions commensurate with the scale and urgency of the challenge we face, and the ambition set out by leaders under the Breakthrough Agenda. We will work with all Breakthrough Agenda signatories to implement these actions beyond COP26 and through to 2030.

This diagram shows The Breakthrough Agenda's Annual Global Checkpoint Process. Text below the image describes what the flowchart covers.

The above flowchart covers actions that governments and institutions will take from Q4 2021 to Q4 2022 as part of the Global Checkpoint Process for the Breakthrough Agenda.

Q4 2021: Breakthrough Agenda launched at COP26 including the Glasgow Breakthroughs.

Q1 2022 to Q2 2022: Report on the State of Transition. Analysis of progress against the objectives and the opportunities for and benefits from enhanced cooperation; led by IEA with IRENA and HLAC and broader engagement.

Q1 2022 to Q2 2022: Convene leading initiatives in each sector. Exploring better coordination, gaps and enhanced actions to achieve each Breakthrough goal; informing and being informed by the draft State of Transition Report.

Q3 2022: State of the Transition Ministerial. Ministers meet alongside MI & CEM Ministierals to discuss the State of the Transition report’s findings, and review and agree proposals for enhanced collaborative action.

Q4 2022: New leaders-level commitments. New and enhanced commitments from existing and new participating countries, for enhanced ambition and action and for new sectoral Breakthroughs.

The process is replicated in subsequent years.