Working Group

Open Climate

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About

The Open Climate Working Group builds on the success of the Open Government Partnership by supporting members in achieving their national climate goals and complementing their commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Paris Agreement. Strengthening transparency, accountability, and public participation in the development and implementation of climate policy not only enables countries to accelerate climate action, but such reforms also build awareness, legitimacy, and cooperation from the public and non-state actors. They allow governments to better address equity issues inherent in climate change impacts—issues that are clearly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

More than 10 countries, including France, Mexico, the United States, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Jordan, Chile, Honduras and Tunisia, have already made climate-focused commitments in their National Action Plans (NAPs). To help nations achieve these objectives, governments and civil society organizations pledged to share tools, technical expertise, and financial resources in The Paris Declaration’s collective actions. Building on this momentum to leverage the OGP space to accelerate climate action, the World Resources Institute and the Government of France created the Open Climate Working Group to enable peer learning, knowledge exchange, and support for countries strengthening climate governance.

The objectives of the Open Climate Working Group include:

  • Enhancing collaboration between governments and civil society on climate-relevant policy-making, planning, and implementation to shape ambitious NAP commitments;
  • Sharing appropriate tools to support the tracking and disclosure of climate finance sources and allocation;
  • Developing guidance on the release and use of climate data in open formats;
  • Providing guidance on creating more transparent and democratic energy sector decisions that support energy access and emission reduction goals;
  • Applying open data principles to climate data management and disclosure;
  • Promoting gender equality and social inclusion through climate decision-making processes that support empowerment of marginalized groups;
  • Through peer learning, identifying innovative approaches to develop institutional support for effective implementation of cross-cutting climate policies.

These objectives were informed by existing OGP climate commitments, feedback from OGP member governments, and priorities identified by over 100 civil society participants during a Global Gathering on Open Government for Climate Action held in the lead-up to the OGP Global Summit 2016. However, they are also flexible to the needs and priorities that may arise during national consultations and implementation activities.