Climate Governance Integrity: Safeguarding the Climate and Climate Finance against Corruption
As of: September 2021
Corruption is one of the main challenges in emerging and developing countries – and also affects the financial resources provided for climate change mitigation. Together with its political and strategic partners and as part of its globally oriented project work, Transparency International is implementing measures to protect against corruption in three regions, relying on information, targeted research, monitoring and advocacy work to achieve its aims. In this way, victims and witnesses of corruption are given a voice, ensuring that those who are most vulnerable are not doubly harmed by both climate change impacts and corruption. The project also contributes to promoting transparent and accountable climate change mitigation strategies and procedures at all levels. It also consolidates the regionally growing leadership and independence of the civil society in climate change mitigation issues. In this way, the project strengthens confidence in possible climate change mitigation investments – and consequently in their scope.
State of implementation/results
- On International Forest Day on 21/03/2021 launched a global social media campaign, featuring awareness raising on human rights violations and impunity suffered by environmental defenders.
- Published a blog linking the Corruption Perceptions Index with climate vulnerable countries (www.transparency.org/…;utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=#).
- Authored a blog on the risk of Paris Agreement targets being missed due to corruption (www.transparency.org/…).
- Held sessions at the 19th International Anti-corruption Conference where corruption in climate action & deforestation were discussed (19thiacc.pathable.co/…).
- TI was quoted in an international media article regarding alleged cases of corruption in climate projects run by the United Nations Development Programme (www.ft.com/…).
- Held Anti-Corruption Conference with the Anti-Corruption Commission on 7-9/12/20 with sessions on the climate governance.
- Convened the Technical Working Group for REDD+ from 23-28/11/20 to develop anti-corruption guidelines for REDD+ and forest conservation ini-tiatives.
- Created a documentary on corruption and integrity issues in climate finance which was broadcasted on national television.
- Held event with the provincial government on infrastructure development’s impact on the environment.
- Held public campaigns using climate art to raise awareness on corruption in climate action.
- Published a study on the accreditation of the origins of wood purchases in the Peruvian government’s procurement processes (www.proetica.org.pe/…).
- Published a video to inform on the landmark cases of corruption and human rights violations against indigenous people defending their lands (m.facebook.com/…).
- Issued a press release on 20/10/20 on International Day Against Climate Change.
- On International Forest Day, issued a letter demanding the halt of allocating forest reserves for development. - Together with SOAS, University of London, published a report that found an estimated 35% of climate project funds are embezzled in Bangladesh.
- Issued a letter to World Bank on water integrity issues.
- Held a press conference on a study of governance challenges in disaster responses revealing corruption in coastal infrastructure projects.
- Educated 300 youth on climate finance governance at Committee of Concerned Citizens.
- Participated in an international forum & contributed to recommendations for countries in Latin America to reinforce climate transparency (m.facebook.com/…).