From Targets to Implementation and Accountability: The Role of Climate Councils

11 Nov 2022, 16:15, Canada Pavilion

Independent climate councils are a critical element of the governance frameworks needed to meet climate objectives and build accountability for climate pledges. This panel will feature climate councils from Canada, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand in a facilitated conversation about providing expert advice and assessing climate policy implementation, sharing lessons learned, and discussing how to sustain durable climate progress in dynamic global and domestic contexts. This event will highlight Canada’s recent climate legislation and the establishment of the Net-Zero Advisory Body, while raising the profile of climate councils as an institutional mechanism for climate action around the world. Speakers will provide insights from their national contexts for other countries interested in developing their own councils or working collaboratively with existing councils. 

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  • Catherine Abreu, Member, Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body
  • Richard Smith, President, Canadian Climate Institute
  • Marie Donnelly, Chairperson, Ireland – Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Crispian Olver, Executive Director, South Africa Presidential Climate Commission
  • Lisa Tumahai, Deputy Chairperson, He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission – New Zealand 

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