Open Government for Climate Action: 2016 Global Gathering of the Access Initiative Network

We are delighted to announce the Access Initiative will be hosting its sixth Global Gathering, Open Government for Climate Action, to be held 5 December - 6 December, 2016, in Paris, in the lead up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Paris Summit. The Gathering will bring together the climate, open data, and open government civil society communities to expand new spaces for action and build momentum around implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The OGP Summit agenda includes an exciting mix of workshops, panels, and proposals on open government reforms for advancing climate action in the OGP. The Global Gathering provides an opportunity to discuss on how best to utilize this forum and outline the concrete steps needed to translate climate goals into tangible and ambitious commitments. It will focus around three central themes:

  1. Leveraging the OGP process to create climate commitments in Government National Action Plans that foster action on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation at the national level
  2. Building the capacity of civil society to drive open government processes around transparency, participation and accountability frameworks for NDC implementation
  3. Strengthening the inclusive and equitable participation of civil society in national climate coalitions that help overcome policy, institutional, and political barriers to decisive climate action.

We are pleased to be partnering with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Resources Institute, Hivos, Transparency International, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), and the OGP Support Unit in the creation of this event. . The Gathering will be facilitated by Aspiration, a nonprofit organization which helps civil society use software tools more effectively and sustainably through supporting groups to make more impactful use of information technology in their social change efforts.

The event is by invitation only. Information on registering your interest in attending the Global Gathering is available here. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Moses at emoses@wri.org.