The Partners and Strategy Workshop 2016 on 24-25 February in Berlin brought together more than 30 representatives from various sectors to discuss how transparency could stimulate faster decarbonization.
The participants from civil society, the financial sector, governments and foundations where invited to the two-day event to take stock of what has been achieved so far, analyze what contributions climate action assessments can make to increasing climate action, deliberate on the overall strategy, adopt the activities for 2016 to 2018 and make progress towards the long-term sustainability of Climate Transparency.
Representatives from Active Philanthropy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Brown University, Climate Analytics, ClimateWorks, the European Climate Foundation, the French Embassy in Germany, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (DDRI), KR Foundation, Mirova – Responsible Investing, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Renmin University, Stiftung Mercator, Transparency International, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Bank Group and 2° Investing Initiative followed the invitation.
During the first day of the workshop, it was discussed how Climate Transparency could contribute to enhance transparency in climate action. Based on the existing G20 Report for the Summit in Turkey in 2015, participants elaborated how the current credible overview could be improved by including climate finance and enabling factors. Also, the need to include further partners into the consortium was emphasized. Based on this, a more formalized way of working together in the coming years in order for consortium to achieve its full potential for impact was presented and discussed.
On the second day of the workshop, it was discussed how to increase the impact of transparency on a national and international level by informing policy-makers in governments and empower influencers from civil society and the financial sector. Representatives from various sectors presented their views on the need for increased transparency in climate action and how they would use the provided information to drive change.
Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas with the French Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Mr. Philippe Etienne, who also emphasized the importance of transparency in order for the Paris Agreement to unfold its full potential.
The meeting confirmed the importance of the G20 as the right political arena to drive faster decarbonzation on an international level. It was highlighted that the international impetus must be complemented by national engagement to empowering stakeholders and monitoring implementation.
Climate Transparency Consortium will use the rich input of the workshop to start its work on an updated G20 Report for this years G20 Summit in China.
The two-days meeting was organized by the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, Germanwatch and NewClimate. It was hosted by the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, currently serving as the International Secretariat of Climate Transparency.