Bonn, Germany. 11 May 2021
– Today, 14 global entities launched a renewed effort to increase data-driven climate action around the world. With the decisive UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK only six months away, the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign aims to raise awareness about the inherent value of transparency in pursuing meaningful climate action and support.
Urging governments to reframe the way they think of “transparency”, the campaign highlights how enhanced transparency can support countries to address domestic development priorities while fulfilling their international climate commitments at the same time.
With only 57 countries – representing 60 percent of global emissions – on track to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement by 2030
, it becomes more apparent that current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are not delivering the climate action required to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Transparency is also key to enhancing ambition. The #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign encourages governments to shine a light on emerging climate risks and the gaps between progress made and what is still needed. Policymakers can make informed long-term policy and investment decisions that deliver results faster, make better use of resources and pursue innovative solutions to close remaining gaps.
As we can only improve that which we measure, the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign calls on all countries to set up, and provide support to, national transparency frameworks in line with the provisions of the Paris Agreement so that each country can deliver effective contributions and collectively, limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing efforts to limit to a safer 1.5 degrees.