WRI Executive Vice President and Managing Director Manish Bapna addressed the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris to set out the challenges facing world leaders and civil society advocates and the role open government must play in solving them.
Governance & Access
Nearly a year ago in Paris, the world came together around a historic climate agreement that affirmed the global community's commitment to shift to a zero-carbon economy. By the end of this month's climate summit in Marrakech, more than 100 countries representing over 75 percent of global emissions had formally joined that Agreement.
Just days ago, the Paris Agreement entered into force. Today, the Parties to that landmark climate Agreement began meeting in Marrakech. Here's what's important about that meeting.
Negotiators in Marrakech this week for the first major climate summit since the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement sustained the "spirit of Paris" -- that wave of momentum that brought the Agreement into force on a lightning-fast timetable.
A good home gives families a base to build the foundations of society, but in urbanizing areas, good housing can be difficult to find. People like Jussara and her family in Porte Alegre, Brazil, face a trio of critical challenges to locating affordable housing that apply in many growing cities worldwide.
Indigenous Peoples and other communities hold and manage 50 to 60 percent of the world's land, yet governments recognize only 10 percent as legally belonging to these groups. That's bad economic policy, shows a new WRI report.
WRI's Executive Vice President and Managing Director Manish Bapna, who is also Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership, address the United Nations General Assembly, setting out three priorities for the Partnership in the coming year.
The World Bank's new Environmental and Social Framework, four years in the making, is designed to ensure that the approximately $30 billion the bank invests each year goes to projects that are safe for people and the environment. This framework is likely to have an impact on the policies of other development banks and governments around the globe.
Today is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples -- a good day to reflect on the achievements and challenges Indigenous Peoples still face, including the issue of legal security of land and natural resource rights. How well do national laws protect the interests of these historically marginalized communities?