About CEM

The Climate Equity Monitor (CEM) is the first initiative from the global South that will track equity in climate action by the signatories of the UNFCCC.

Climate Equity Monitor

Climate Equity Monitor is an online dashboard for assessing equity in climate action in relation to climate mitigation, energy and resource consumption, and climate policy across the entire world. CEM, to the best of our knowledge, is the first such initiative from the global South that will compare the policies and actions of Annex-I and Non Annex-I Parties from the perspective of equity and CBDR-RC.

Over the last decade, and especially in the run up to COP26, websites/data dashboards have proliferated, claiming to track policies and actions, notably in the context of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. Many of these rely on, or promote methodologies that pay no more than scarce attention to equity, differentiation, and historical responsibility, all guiding principles of the UNFCCC. Even where the discourse is claimed to focus on equity, it privileges voices and views from the global North that seek to establish themselves as acting on behalf of the rest of the world. This website and its dashboards aims to address this disparity, and promote a new narrative where the South looks out on the North and the rest of the world, and is not inwardly turned.

We hope to update and advance our work on a continuing basis. We look forward to being joined by many such voices from across all developing countries.


The website and data tracker is an effort undertaken by the Climate Change Group at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai. The analysis and assessment for the website has been carried out by the Climate Change Group at the MSSRF, some members of the Energy, Environment & Climate Change Programme at the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bengaluru, and other independent researchers.