Camda Climate Action Data 2.0 Declaration @ COP26

06 November, 2021

Climate Action Credibility in the Decisive Decade

Camda for credible climate action (a community of experts focused on climate action methodologies, data, and analysis) was created in 2017 in response to a call from the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. The community aims to assess the impact of climate action collectively and to track ambition and progress made by subnational and non-state actors (e.g., regions, cities, businesses, investors, corporations, and civil society initiatives) in the context of the Paris Agreement. Camda aims to be neutral, inclusive, transparent, and collaborative, based on multi-stakeholder engagement.

Camda Statement: Climate Action Data 2.0

Over this decisive decade to 2030, improved data harmonization and common data frameworks can lead to more comprehensive progress tracking of targets set by subnational and non-state actors. Tracking these actors’ progress is essential for ensuring commitment, increasing ambition, and ultimately driving effective action, as well as supporting analyses on sectoral transformations and systems change.

Climate Action Data 2.0 is a Camda workgroup that is committed to developing and adopting more comprehensive datasets and a suite of methods that will enable improved metrics and criteria to inform target setting and progress tracking. These metrics and data will continue to enhance the transparency, accountability, and credibility of global climate action related to mitigation and finance as well as indicators to drive resilience action.

The workgroup is a collaboration between leading organizations and individuals globally, working on existing platforms and datasets, as well as on and emerging technologies that can support climate action analysis, including blockchain, satellite imagery, natural language processing and machine learning.

Our Declaration

To enhance the credibility of climate action taken by non-state and subnational actors, we commit to applying the following ways of working collaboratively throughout the Climate Action Data 2.0 workgroup:

  • Support the goals and strategic imperatives of the Marrakech Partnership and the Climate Champions, including the Global Climate Action portal and inputs to the Global Stocktake.
  • Work in a way that supports and advances the Camda declaration to track progress made at COP25 as well as other Camda work streams.
  • Encourage that frameworks, architecture, and data are developed transparently and made publicly available to be open-source, interoperable, and actionable for the public while preserving data privacy.
  • Engage with other subnational and non-state actors to expand our community with an eye towards geographic and cultural inclusivity and diversity as well as commit to working together in support of impactful climate action, both amongst subnationals, non-state actors and as a foundation for broader national policy action.
  • Regularly evaluate stakeholder needs and the existing data landscape to identify gaps in data coverage, quality, and timeliness as well as opportunities to improve collaborative solutions, especially in currently underrepresented regions with a particular focus on the Global South.
  • Develop solutions to the identified actor needs through existing data platforms and by collectively leveraging emerging technologies to improve climate data tracking.
  • Publicly share collective findings and analyses for the broader climate community to inform policy-making and society.
  • Strengthen the human-centric approach with a focus on equity and recognition of core human needs of climate action data platforms and analyses.
  • Commit to active and meaningful collaboration among all community members to achieve verifiable climate progress tracking and interoperability of climate data frameworks and digital systems.  
  • Actively engage with a broad range of stakeholders and geographies to evaluate applied methodologies with a goal of eliminating bias in data collection, interpretation, analysis, modelling and access.