16 December 2021 | 17:00-18:00 CET

As part of the Open Government Partnership’s 2021 Global Summit, KNOCA is organizing a dynamic panel session to introduce participants to the key characteristics of climate assemblies and consider their potential for both strengthening civic space and public participation and creating more robust climate policy and action. Climate assemblies are increasingly adopted by national and local governments, particularly in Europe. This is part of the more extensive “deliberative wave” identified by the OECD. The panel discussion will draw on the direct experience of a Danish politician, Scottish civil servant and European civil society actor in advocating for and organizing climate assemblies. Together they will explore the value of this recent phenomenon and the conditions that need to be in place for assemblies to contribute fully to vitalizing and democratizing climate governance. The session will include opportunities for participant interaction with the panel and will introduce participants to the work of the recently established Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA).


Uffe Elbæk, Independent Greens, Denmark

Susan Lee, Global Assembly

Susie Townend, Secretariat, Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Erica Hope, Director for Climate Planning and Laws, European Climate Foundation

Facilitated by Professor Graham Smith, Chair of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies.

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