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Collaborate with Civil Society on Climate and Sustainable Development (FR0029)



Action Plan: France, First Action Plan, 2015-2017

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ministry of State for State Reform and Simplification, attached to the Prime Minister; Météo France; Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN); Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Environment and Climate, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: France End-of-Term Report 2015-2017, France Mid-Term Progress Report 2015-2017

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



STAKES In addition to the international agreement expected in Paris, concrete initiatives bringing together governments and non-governmental actors could be developed. This “Agenda of Solutions” 37, aims to support and intensify the commitments of States in reducing greenhouse gases, in adapting to the impact of climate disruption and in funding these actions.

CONTEXT & AIM Numerous initiatives will be promoted in this agenda. Amongst them, a major innovation process has begun in France, the C3 or "Climate Change Challenge" ( initiative. C3 aims to stimulate the emergence of innovations promoting the use of data and services. The program seeks to create a lasting effect over time, stimulating and organizing collaboration between entities owning information and know-how and data reusers (public and private economic actors, regions, general public) in order to: • Bring forward innovative solutions related to understanding, prevention and adaptation to climate change; • Raise public awareness on climate change and turn the public into actors involved in the challenge; • Open and organize the dialogue between stakeholders in climate change in a participatory approach; • Allow the collaborative involvement of everyone in the search for solutions to the problems and opportunities caused by climatic change; • Discover and test new strategies for the provision of data, knowledge and know-how

• Launch and organize the first stages of the C3 operation throughout 2015
• Reward the winners of the C3 operation during the COP21 Conference
- Laureates of the C3 challenge organized in parallel by the Mexican government will also be present in Paris
• Continue the operation in 2016 and 2017
- Monitor and support the best innovative projects capitalize on the best challenges to issue new calls for proposal, perpetuate online tools for expression by citizens

IRM End of Term Status Summary

26. Initiate new collaborations with civil society to develop innovative solutions to meet the challenges of climate and sustainable development

Commitment Text:


· Launch and organize the first stages of the C3 operation throughout 2015

· Reward the winners of the C3 operation during the COP21 Conference

Laureates of the C3 challenge organized in parallel by the Mexican government will also be present in Paris

· Continue the operation in 2016 and 2017

Monitor and support the best innovative projects capitalize on the best challenges to issue new calls for proposal, perpetuate online tools for expression by citizens

Editorial Note: This is a partial version of the commitment text. For the full commitment text please see France's national action plan:

Responsible Institutions: Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ministry of State for State Reform and Simplification, attached to the Prime Minister; Météo France; Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière (IGN); Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Supporting Institution(s): N/A

Start Date:Not Specified

End Date: 2017

Commitment Aim

The C3 (Climate Change Challenge) is an international initiative to mobilise citizens, public and private actors and experts to take action on climate change. This commitment aimed to organise meetings and a competition to foster collaboration to come up with innovative solutions for climate change and sustainable development. These activities were launched in May 2015 in preparation for COP21 and occurred in four different French cities for three major milestones: a vision camp, which includes collaborative creativity workshops on climate change needs, a challenge workshop to clarify and enrich ideas and challenges, and an innovation hackathon to develop selected solutions.


Midterm: Substantial

This commitment was substantially implemented by the midterm. The first stages of C3 operation were launched and the winners of the C3 challenge were awarded during COP21. This momentum continued with the “100 projects for the climate” competition.

The three stages of C3, which consist of organising three workshops, are: the expression of needs; the clarification of needs into actionable projects; and a hackathon to develop the ideas identified in phase 2. Those stages were carried out in four cities (Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and Nantes) in 2015. However, two of these meetings were held before the publication of the action plan on 15 July 2015. The first stage of C3, “Vision Camp,” was launched in May 2015, the second stage, “Challenge Workshop”, was held 7-9 July 2015, and the third stage, “Innovation Jam,” occurred 6-8 November 2015.

The first stage resulted in identifying eight priority themes, ranging from biodiversity to health and the economy. The second stage consisted of workshops that clarified the problems identified during the first stage using the open datasets published by the government and shaping them into solvable challenges. The third stage, Innovation Jam, was a hackathon where teams with multiple areas of expertise had to develop solutions in 36 hours. These three workshops were attended by citizens, students, experts, and public and private sector representatives. During the events, more than 200 people participated through 29 teams.

In 2016, the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs issued two calls for best projects on energy consumption and biodiversity. A dedicated website was created enabling citizens to vote for the 100 best projects fighting climate change. The winners were selected in July 2016. The project covered a wide range of environmental issues, including reforestation, poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture, waste collection, prevention of food waste, recycling, clean cookstoves, threats to biodiversity, fair trade, green transportation, electric cars, and sustainable energy.

End of Term: Substantial

This commitment is still considered substantially implemented by the end-of-term. Most activities of the commitment were completed during the first year of implementation. The C3 initiative was scheduled to be implemented in 2015 and the winners of the challenges were to be announced during COP21. The momentum was planned to be extended into the second year of implementation but the lack of specificity in the commitment makes it difficult to gauge completion. Building on the momentum of COP 21, “100 projects for climate” aimed to encourage citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming. The initiative enabled citizens to vote for their 100 favourite innovative solutions from around the world. The selected projects were presented at COP22 in Marrakesh, held on 7-18 November 2016.

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

Civic Participation: Did Not Change

This commitment was considered to be relevant for access to information and civic participation. However, the activities undertaken as part of this commitment concerned civic participation far more than access to information. Even regarding civic participation, the activities were time-bound and the government did not play a leading role. As such, this commitment did not open government regarding access to information or civic participation.

This commitment encouraged a participatory approach to environmental issues and promoted civil society-led solutions. However, the activities were timebound and it is unclear if they contributed to permanent changes in government practices. In addition, the “100 projects for climate” is an international initiative led by France and it is hard to identify engagement of the French government beyond this coordination.

Carries Forward?

This commitment was not carried over to the next action plan.


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  2. Transparency of Public Procurement

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  3. Transparency of Development Aid

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  4. Expand Open Data

    FR0033, 2018, Access to Information

  5. Improved Data Policies and Administration

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  6. Transparency of Public Algorithms

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  7. Open Data at Sub-National Level

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  8. State AI Lab

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  9. Administrative Capacity-Building

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  10. Public Service Incubators

    FR0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Streamline Data Flows

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  12. Open Etat Forum

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  13. Online Procedures Dashboard

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  14. Govtech Summit

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  15. Improve Public Consultation Mechanisms

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  16. International Transparency and Citizen Participation

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  17. Public Pariticipation in Sustainable Development

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  18. Open Science

    FR0047, 2018, Access to Information

  19. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Access to Information

  20. Transparency of Interest Representatives

    FR0049, 2018, Access to Information

  21. Access to Information on Public Officials

    FR0050, 2018, Access to Information

  22. Open Regional and Local Authorities' Data

    FR0001, 2015, Access to Information

  23. Publish Municipal Council Decisions and Reports Online

    FR0002, 2015, E-Government

  24. Publish Building Permits in Open Data Format

    FR0003, 2015, Access to Information

  25. Starred commitment Increase Transparency in Public Procurement

    FR0004, 2015, Access to Information

  26. Improve Transparency in International Development Aid

    FR0005, 2015, Access to Information

  27. Open Access to Public Policy Evaluations

    FR0006, 2015, E-Government

  28. Involve Citizens in Cour Des Comptes Work

    FR0007, 2015, Access to Information

  29. Access to Public Officials Transparency Obligations

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  30. Starred commitment Beneficial Ownership

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  31. Transparency in Extractive Industries

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  32. Transparency in International Trade Commercial Negotiations

    FR0011, 2015, Access to Information

  33. Fix My Neighborhood

    FR0012, 2015, E-Government

  34. Digital Fix-It

    FR0013, 2015, Access to Information

  35. Co-Produce Data Infrastructure with Civil Society

    FR0014, 2015, Access to Information

  36. Starred commitment Open Legal Resources

    FR0015, 2015, Access to Information

  37. Reform Participatory Mechanisms

    FR0016, 2015, Public Participation

  38. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Access to Justice

  39. Starred commitment Open and Circulate Data

    FR0018, 2015, Access to Information

  40. Open Calculation Models and Simulators

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  41. Open Platform for Government Resources

    FR0020, 2015, E-Government

  42. Improve Public Services Through E-Government and User Interaction

    FR0021, 2015, E-Government

  43. Empower Civil Society to Support Schools

    FR0022, 2015, E-Government

  44. Diversify Recruitment Within Public Institutions

    FR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  45. Culture Change

    FR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  46. Spread Public Innovation

    FR0025, 2015, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Protect Against Conflicts of Interest

    FR0026, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  48. Civil Society & Transparency in COP21 Conference Planning

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  49. Open Data and Climate/Sustainable Development

    FR0028, 2015, Access to Information

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