Workshop: Roundtable on Civil Society Actions and Needs to promote Climate Governance
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Stream 3: Climate Change, WS 3.4
Date: 11th November, 9:00 – 11:00 (morning)
Abstract: Climate Governance poses numerous challenges to ensure the transparency, accountability, fairness and effectiveness of the policies and the financial flows designed to reduce emissions and enhance resilience to climate change. Civil society groups play an important role in addressing these challenges through advocacy, research, monitoring and other key actions. In June 2010, Transparency International in coordination with the World Resources Institute organised a climate governance workshop of civil society and other key climate stakeholders to initiate shared learning, cooperation and coordination of current and planned actions being taken up to address climate governance challenges.
Building on the findings of the June workshop, this roundtable aimed to progress understanding on how civil society groups individually and through cooperation can effectively address climate governance challenges. The Roundtable aimed to further assess the governance challenges and opportunities presented by the combination of international and national policies and financial flows designed to address global warming. It enabled a broader range of civil society groups within the anti-corruption and governance community to further share knowledge, strategies, tools and experiences in relation to climate change, good governance (corruption, budget transparency, democracy and human rights), and aid effectiveness. Participants explored possible frameworks for closer cooperation among like-minded groups that is developed through joint actions for advocacy and shared learning. Special consideration was given to developing online mechanisms to facilitate cooperation and similar internet (low carbon) based training and information sharing resources to enable civil society engagements.
Coordinator: Lisa Elges, Programme Manager, Climate Governance, TI
Moderator/Rapporteur: Gather Sweeney, Chief Editor, Global Corruption Report, Transparency International; Marcela Rozo, Programme Manager, Public Procurement and Contracting, Transparency International
Key Contributors (alphabetical order):
Tim Clairs Senior Policy Adviser (REDD), Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme New York Download Notes
Ms. Estelle Fach, Programme Analyst (REDD), Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme New York
Ms. Liz Gallagher, Senior Researcher, E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism, London
Izabela Ratajczak-Juszko, Academic Researcher, Oxford Climate Policy, Oxford Brookes University and RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Caio Luiz Carneiro Magri, Gerente Executivo de Políticas Públicas, Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, Brazil
Oscar Reyes, Programme Manager, Carbon Trade Watch, Belgium
Amelia Thorpe, International Programs Director, Environmental Defender’s Office, Australia
Jake Werksman, Program Director for the Governance and Access Program, World Resources Institute, USA
Iftekhar Zaman, TI International Board Director; Executive Director, TI Bangladesh
Workshop Discussion: Each workshop key contributor is asked to prepare a written contribution (see below) summarizing his/her inputs in response to the following questions.
Problem Identification: In your view, what the key governance challenges and/or corruption risks associated with adaptation and mitigation climate financing and its governance? (30 mins)
Civil Society Actions: What role can civil society actors play to achieve better climate governance collectively or individually? Please describe concrete ongoing or proposals for action amongst civil society groups. (30 mins)
Civil Society challenges and capacity development needs: What are some capacity and institutional challenges civil society faces in pursing more joint/ active roles in climate governance assurances? (In some cases, inter-organizational cooperation is difficult while in other cases capacities to effectively interface with climate change and finance issues becomes a deterrent ) How can these challenges be overcome? What are the key capacity
building needs of civil society a groups in developed and developing countries? How could such needs be met through using climate-friendly technology such as internet-based training courses, forums and networks to enable learning and communications amongst climate governance stakeholders? (30 mins)
IACC Statement to COP 16 and beyond: With regard to COP 16 and ongoing plans to develop climate finance/governance architecture, what are the key concerns and demands of civil society groups and how might these best be summarized as an intervention to global and national climate finance policy makers at COP 16 and beyond? (60 mins)
Workshop format and management:
The workshop was a roundtable discussion and not a typical presentation-style event. The workshop moderator, following the workshop outline and working questions, sought to engage group discussion. Each key contributor was given 3-5 minutes to respond to each of the four working questions as a way to kick off discussions. Enough time was be given to enable other participants to share and contribute to discussions as much as possible.
The final discussions item: IACC Statement to COP 16 and beyond aimed to produce a concrete statement of the IACC conference to the COP 16. Given workshop time constraints, a working group of WS participants was formed to re-convene over lunch to discuss further the content and language of the proposed statement.
Workshop Written Contributions:
Key Contributors are asked to prepare a written contribution where their responses to the above workshop questions are explained. This should be a concise but well-substantiated piece that will be published online. It should be at least 1000 and maximum 2000 word in length. Specific format and style are not required. It may be submitted with supporting documents such as reports or contain hyperlinks as preferred. Contributions should be received by 1st November and e-mailed to Lisa Elges in care of Hershil Shah firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taking the Issue to Scale
Moving forward from the 14th IACC, TI’s work in Climate Governance and its network of climate governance stakeholders has steadily grown. The development of the Global Corruption Report 2010, which was launched in April 2011, provides TI with an oversight role in international climate policy development processes and an active advocacy presence at global climate fora. To build on TI’s governance and corruption expertise and apply it to climate finance, a coalition-building and partnership approach continues to be central to TI’s strategy for working in this area. In addition to working partnerships with a number of like-minded civil society organizations TI is one of the founding members of joined Adaptation Watch – a group of think-tanks and NGOs – aiming to research, develop capacities and monitor climate adaptation finance. TI also serves on the advisory panel of the Adaptation Fund NGO Network under the leadership of German Watch.
In March 2011, TI officially launched its Climate Governance Programme aiming to “to promote accountability, transparency, and integrity in climate governance and finance policies and actions, institutions and their operations”. The first phase of the Climate Governance Programme is currently being piloted in 6 countries: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico and Peru. This phase of the programme aims to increase the capacities of partners and Climate Finance Governance stakeholders to better engage, cooperate, advocate and contribute to Climate Finance Governance policy development, implementation and oversight through low carbon technology. Subsequent phases of the programme are being developed which will concentrate more on ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity in the leveraging of private sector finance in addition to replicating and scaling-up the current activities.