Climate Governance Integrity: Safeguarding the Climate and Climate Finance against Corruption
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
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 09.12.2019, TI launched a global campaign for International Anti-Corruption Day which featured the inextricable link between the need to fight corruption in order to fight the climate crisis. The campaign accrued over 1 million impressions via various social media channels.
- A global newsletter was launched which details TI’s climate programme’s activities.
- Celebrated World Forest Day on 21.03.2020 publishing a series of tweets and posts on social media.
- TI Kenya published a documentary on a human rights-based approach to climate risk insurance.
- A documentary featuring the climate governance issues in the Maldives and TI Maldives work was produced by Deutsche Welle, titled: ‘Maldives: Fighting corruption and construction in a tropical paradise’.
- A delegation of 11 chapters attended COP25 in December 2019 where TI organized three events in conjunction with chapters taking place between 06
- 09.12.2019 in Madrid focusing on raising awareness of 1) the shrinking space for civil society & the need to protect environmental defenders, 2) the presence of undue influence in climate policy 3) the interplay between gender, corruption, and the climate emergency.
- During COP25 in Madrid, TI Bangladesh presented the corruption and governance challenges faced in climate finance on the ground in Bangladesh in a side event.
- Joined as active member to the 5C Citizen Advisory Council of Costa Rica Change (5C) and is in discussions to support and coordinate further activities in 2020.
- TI-Kenya took part in the aforementioned session with TI-Peru at Climate Law and Governance Day on 06.12.2019 in the context of COP25 in Madrid, sharing insight from a national perspective on transparency and climate governance.
- As a part of the REDD+ project by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, TI Kenya is now a member to an integrity-working group dedicated to developing various policies related to whistleblowing, corruption prevention, and a code of conduct.
- During COP25 in Madrid, TI-Maldives took part in an official side event, showcasing the negative impact of climate change and women in the Maldives.
- Together with the International Republican Institute (IRI), TI Maldives co-organized a regional conference on 21-22.12.2019 with municipal leaders on sustainable development and the importance of citizen monitoring of climate finance projects.
- TI-Mexico organized an event on the adaptation capacity of municipal level institutions on the occasion of the National Climate Finance Day on 21.11.2019 in Mexico.
- Participated in the formulation of the National Action Plan of Open Government Partnership (OGP).
- In 12.2019, Proética (TI-Peru) launched a campaign in cooperation with local civil society organisations to advocate for the ratification of the Escazú Agreement, the first environmental human rights treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Proética took part in a panel session at the Climate Law and Governance Day on 06.12.2019 in the context of COP25 in Madrid on the topic of the effects of forest governance & transparency in effective climate governance.