An assessment of capacity building for climate transparency under the UNFCCC

This blog post is based on the recently published article in Climate Policy by Susanne Konrad, Max van Deursen & Aarti Gupta Elaborate transparency systems are now at the core of the 2015 Paris Agreement, with the assumption that this will enhance accountability, trust, and greater climate policy ambition. With transparency becoming ever more central, much attentionContinue reading “An assessment of capacity building for climate transparency under the UNFCCC”

Transparency of (in)Action? Eight key matters to follow in the COP26 transparency negotiations

COP26 is just around the corner. What to expect? Key negotiation items on the agenda are common timeframes for NDCs, market mechanisms, climate finance and transparency. Indeed, transparency is one of the most contentious negotiation items, with talks on this item closed to observers at the preceding intersessional session in May-June 2021. This blogpost outlinesContinue reading “Transparency of (in)Action? Eight key matters to follow in the COP26 transparency negotiations”

New research out: assessing state compliance with multilateral climate transparency requirements

In a recent scientific publication for the journal Climate Policy, Romain Weikmans and Aarti Gupta study an essential question about the relationship between transparency and climate ambition, namely whether countries adhere to the mandatory transparency requirements of the UNFCCC. By studying the expert reviews and analyses that the UNFCCC provides about country transparency reports, WeikmansContinue reading “New research out: assessing state compliance with multilateral climate transparency requirements”

Transparency Adherence Indices: A first step in assessing country compliance with global climate transparency requirements

This blog post is based on the recently published article in Climate Policy by Romain Weikmans & Aarti Gupta One of the few legally binding obligations of the 2015 Paris Agreement is for countries to be transparent to each other about what they are doing with regard to climate change. This can include sharing information about domesticContinue reading “Transparency Adherence Indices: A first step in assessing country compliance with global climate transparency requirements”

New research article on face-to-face account-giving in multilateral climate transparency processes

A recent article by Aarti Gupta, Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Nila Kamil, Amy Ching and Nadia Bernaz in the journal Climate Policy analyses how novel, face-to-face, account-giving processes for developing countries, referred to as ‘Facilitative Sharing of Views’, are functioning within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and what these processes help to shedContinue reading “New research article on face-to-face account-giving in multilateral climate transparency processes”

Global Momentum for Transparency? A new Initiative for the Enhanced Transparency Framework

This year has been an unusual year. While the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countries around the globe into lock-downs and led to a major economic downturn, 2020 was meant to be the year for crucial global climate action. Countries that are Parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement were supposed to communicate new or updated NationallyContinue reading “Global Momentum for Transparency? A new Initiative for the Enhanced Transparency Framework”

Transparency – a positive force for good in climate governance? Debating TRANSGOV project themes at launch event

In the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the four-year TRANSGOV research project organized a launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum, an annual meeting that brings together a community of researchers and practitioners within the domain of earth system and sustainability governance. TRANSGOV stands for ‘Transformative Potential of Transparency in Climate Governance’.Continue reading “Transparency – a positive force for good in climate governance? Debating TRANSGOV project themes at launch event”

Launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum

On September 17th, 14-15:30 CET, the TRANSGOV project is hosting a launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum. We are proud to welcome a selection of high-profile researchers and policy experts who will present in this semi-plenary on the Transformative Potential of Transparency in Global Climate Governance. The aims of this session areContinue reading “Launch event at the Earth System Governance Virtual Forum”