International Climate Councils Network calls for independent advisory councils
Grant King, Chair of Australia’s Climate Change Authority, is a joint signatory to an open letter prepared by the International Climate Councils Network (ICCN) and released on the opening day of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The letter urges all governments to consider establishing a climate council or equivalent structure, built around the ICCN key principles: evidence-led, independent, impartial, considerate of fairness, collaborative and consensus building.
“Independent climate councils can enhance government transparency and accountability, and provide evidence-based advice to support informed decision-making for effective responses to the challenges of climate change,” said Brad Archer, CEO of the Authority.
The ICCN was launched at COP26 and aims to advance the delivery of the Paris Agreement through promoting and sharing best practice policy and planning advice among members, including the Authority.
Members of the ICCN provide evidence-based, expert advice and assessments to guide the delivery of effective government-led action to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The ICCN’s membership of 23 climate councils from across six continents, has this year focused on exchanging experiences on the roles of justice, fairness and equity for delivering effective adaptation efforts.
The ICCN will continue to provide a platform for exchange of scientific knowledge on climate-policy relevant topics. The communique can be viewed here.