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Deadly heatwaves, crop-withering droughts and unprecedented, catastrophic superstorms in the Caribbean foreshadow a perilous tomorrow if we don’t tackle climate change today. The window of opportunity to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels is still open but closing quickly. In a very real sense, 2050 is now.

2018 will be a pivotal year. Countries must step up to set more ambitious commitments under the Paris Agreement and make significant progress implementing the pledges they have already made. Open government reforms can accelerate climate action. Increasing public participation in decision-making, for instance, helps policymakers build widespread support for climate action and develop more effective, equitable policies. Improving transparency and access to climate data allows experts across sectors to design innovative solutions to meeting nations’ Paris Agreement targets, while strengthening accountability mechanisms can help safeguard climate finance from corruption.

Join experts from the Open Government Partnership and World Resources Institute as they profile a range of innovative approaches that open government advocates have taken to strengthen countries’ climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. Together, they will unpack how improving transparency, accountability and public participation in climate decision-making processes can help governments and civil society leaders around the world achieve ambitious climate targets.


Sanjay PradhanChief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership 

Eliza NorthropAssociate II, International Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute 

Moderated by Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute

About the Series

WRI’s Greening Governance Seminar Series explores how good governance – inclusive, transparent decision-making processes, equal access to justice, strong institutions and a vibrant civil society – not only help policymakers advance more effective, equitable policies, but also implement ambitious commitments like the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

Greening Governance seminars bring diverse panels of experts together to grapple with tough questions and identify successful strategies at the intersection of governance, environmental sustainability and human well-being. Interested in attending or watching remotely? Subscribe to our Greening Governance newsletter and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on upcoming events.

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