You have been hired by one of the prominent alliances of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop a blueprint for next year’s climate negotiations, COP 27. You have been tasked with developing a policy brief for your negotiating bloc. In this document, you must synthesize the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) (also see here) of the countries within the bloc, estimate total and average costs of meeting the contributions, and discuss potential pathways for sustainable development based on these costs in relation to the current economic conditions and political approach of the countries within the bloc.