Long-term low greenhouse gas development strategies (long-term strategies) offer an opportunity for the G20 to set the leadership direction that will help steer the world toward a viable climate future.

The G20 collectively accounts for 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (Climate Transparency 2017) and 85 percent of global GDP (OECD and IEA 2017). With nearly $70 trillion in forecasted infrastructure spending through 2040 (GIHub 2017), G20 countries have an imperative to ensure wise investments that will facilitate the transitions to low–greenhouse gas development and mitigate climate risk through long-term planning.   

This paper was prepared for the Argentine G20 presidency by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a contribution to the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group.