New International Climate Councils’ Network secretariat

The International Climate Council Network aims to foster collaboration between climate advisory councils around the world in support of the Paris Agreement. Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

International cooperation between national climate advisory bodies will get a new boost as the International Climate Councils’ Network (ICCN) announced today at COP28 a new Secretariat to be hosted by E3G.

This secretariat will unlock a period of growth for the ICCN, facilitating increased collaboration between members and coordinating network efforts to provide advice and expertise to new and potential climate councils.

Set up in 2021, the ICCN is a forum for climate councils from around the world to share experiences, discuss common challenges and support one another in their work. With more than 20 members from South Africa to Canada, Guatemala to Denmark, the ICCN was set up to promote and share best practice in evidence-led climate governance and policymaking, while recognising the range of roles and circumstances that Councils may occupy.

The network is now working in partnership with E3G to set up a new secretariat. This partnership was made possible through the generous support of the European Climate Foundation and contributions from members of the network.

Rick Smith, President of Canadian Climate Institute and ICCN steering committee member said:

“ICCN members are leading the way showing how independent national-level advisory bodies have a crucial role to play offering governments evidence-based expert advice on how to deliver their climate commitments, and also monitoring progress. Our international network makes us even more effective as national bodies. We are delighted to be working with E3G to create a new secretariat that will enhance and facilitate our cooperation as members and increase awareness of the contribution advisory bodies can make to the transition.”

Dumisani Nxumalo from South African Presidential Climate Commission and ICCN steering committee member said:

“As an independent climate advisor we are focused on offering practical advice that moves South Africa towards a just transition. The ICCN is the international forum where we can share and develop best practice and learning with similar peer organisations and, in the coming years, that cooperation will help many countries as they make this vital journey towards low-emissions and climate-resilient economies.”

Karla Hill, Associate Director at E3G said:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the ICCN to establish a new secretariat and help support collaboration between members as they offer expert, evidence-led advice in their countries. As climate action is moving to delivery, independent national-level advisory bodies are critical, equipping governments and societies for action. Networks like the ICCN are also critical, helping accelerate learning and share best practice.”


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