Workshop 1.4

Workshop 1.4 Governing the Climate Change Agenda -- Making the Case for Transparency

Stream 3 Climate Change & Corruption

Coordinator: Robin Hodess, Director of Policy and Research, Transparency International
Jacob Werksman, Program Director, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute
Date: Thursday 17:30 to 19:30
Location: MC 3

Climate change is arguably the key public policy dilemma facing the world today. Although the Earth Summit in Rio and the subsequent UNFCCC put this issue firmly on the international agenda after 1992, the ensuing debates about the extent or very existence of climate change prevented progress in the reduction of CO2 gases and hampered appropriate governance structures being put into place to manage this global challenge. The coming into force in 2005 of the Kyoto Protocol, which set targets and deadlines for reducing carbon emissions, and the subsequent introduction of carbon credits trading markets, such as the Clean Development Mechanism and the EU emissions trading scheme, were a significant step forward, the impact and effectiveness of which are only just becoming clear. In the climate change arena, therefore, a number of relatively new institutions and processes now govern the international community's approach, but there is scant evidence as to whether this international regime on climate change reflects best practice in good governance, accountability and transparency for stakeholders -- or how corruption may be distorting the emerging system.

Moderator: Robin Hodess, Policy and Research Director, TI
Rapporteur: Farzana Nawaz, Policy and Research DEpartment, TI

Panellists:
Jacob Werksman, Program Director, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute
Richard Calland, Associate Professor, Public Law Department, University of Capetown and Acting Manager, Economic Governance Programme IDASA