International coalition for a multi-stakeholders governance for climate (ICGC)

ICGC is an international coalition which promotes multi-level and multi-stakeholder approaches in climate projects and strategies working towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs. We raise awareness and give actors tools (governments, companies, local authorities, higher education institutions, research center...).

Who are we ?

Coalitions’s copilotes :

The coalition aims to achieve four main objectives:

• Identify the obstacles and conditions for success of an effective multi-stakeholder and multi-level governance cooperation in concrete projects to fight against climate change or to adapt to it. That is to say, provide recommendations from concrete cases.

Develop a toolbox, a methodology for organisations that wish to engage with various actors in projects/partnerships to fight against climate change or to adapt to it.

• Demonstrate that the multi-level/multi-stakeholder collaboration enables acceleration of the implementation and the generalisation of concrete actions (scaling, replicating, extending).

Support the creation of multi-level/multi-stakeholder platforms dedicated to climate and sustainable development in the world.

Why is a multi-stakeholder and multi-level coalition relevant for the climate ?

« Alone I go faster; together we go further »

The Paris Agreement is a considerable achievement in that it is universal, binding and balanced (UNFCCC, 2015). However, even if it is fully implemented, the Parties’ current pledges will not be sufficient to reach the agreed goals. Gathering all stakeholders around the negotiations table may seem to be an extremely complicated prospect, but we no longer have a choice: it is crucial that every single stakeholder take part in the struggle against climate change and cooperate with the others – notably through partnerships – to ensure a comprehensive approach to address this global challenge, with no sector or level left out.

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Toolbox to draw up and implement one’s multi-stakeholders/multi-level project for climate

Project design, methodology

This report takes a macro-level view of the MSI landscape to date; focusing on the initiation through start-up phases of an MSI’s lifecycle, and represents an important first step in the longer-term journey of learning about MSIs.

This is a hands-on guide for setting up, structuring, managing, monitoring and evaluating networks efficiently and effectively. It focuses on the operational issues of networks.

The guide offers a roadmap for designing and facilitating MSPs. It focusses firstly on designing the partnerships, then on how to make the MSP an effective structure; finally it proposes a set of tools to achieve the aforementioned results.

The Partnering Toolbook builds on the experience of more than 10 years of those at forefront of innovative partnerships and offers an overview of the essential elements that make for effective partnering.

Specific actor’s guides

This systematic review categorizes the different types of partnerships between the possible actors that might get involved. It notably addresses the role of businesses in these partnerships and what can be gained not only by businesses partnering with other sectors but also what other sector can gain.

To CSOs :

This guide provides strategic perspectives for action and highlights critical issues to address when participating in MSIs. The rationale for CSOs to engage in multi-Stakeholder initiatives is to influence corporate activities to move in a more sustainable direction. However, this approach also presents a specific set of challenges for CSO.

For a focus on institutions :

This guide focuses on the role of international organizations, notably the UN, in multi-stakeholder partnerships, notably how to ensure that MSPs in which the UN is involved in do more than just « Blue washing » (giving legitimacy to a project thanks the logo of an UN agency) private interests. The third part outlines a variety of options for improving the overall governance and specifically the accountability, transparency, and measurement of results of multi-stakeholder partnerships at the UN.  Each section in this part starts with a review of the status-quo and an evaluation of recent research result and then outlines (alternative) options for further improvement. The last part attempts to stimulate the debate on how an integrated architecture and coherent process could look like.

For a focus on States’ action:

Written by the OECD DAC work group, it focusses on how countries can interact, promote or be part of multi-stakeholder partnerships. This report, drawing lessons from experience, proposes a set of success factors that provide an implementation and monitoring framework for making partnerships effective coalitions for action.

To cities and citizens:

This short booklet explores the work and impacts of the many thousands of community-led initiatives across Europe that are pioneering new and innovative responses to climate change and in so doing building the foundations for a more just, sustainable and democratic future.

This project is exploring the potential to strengthen collaboration between municipalities and community initiatives, building on the experience of existing projects.

Facilitating multi-level climate actions

Each tier of government (national, regional, local) has a unique and potentially complementary role to play in delivering low emission and climate resilient development. This means that effectively co-ordinated multilevel action can help nations implement their NDCs.

This paper aims to support the implementation of NDCs, by fostering sharing and learning from current climate change mitigation examples reflected in short case studies. These include experiences from Colombia, Germany, South Africa, Mexico and Myanmar, that exemplify good practices as well as barriers.

This paper, recognising the role of cities and regions in implementing the Paris Agreement, highlights the need for an effective and coordinated “whole-of-government” approach in implementing NDCs and attempt to present key policy options for such an approach.

This document seeks to support both interested cities and regions in fostering a territorial approach to the Paris Agreement.

The programme, officially launched in July 2018, seeks to support interested cities and regions in fostering a territorial approach to the SDGs.

Obstacles and barriers


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