Posts Tagged ‘environmental info’

  • 8 October 2014

    Disclosure Policy Not on Agenda for Climate Fund

    Creation of a permanent information disclosure policy is not on the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the Global Climate Fund board. “This was not surprising, giving the long list of issues already on their to-do list, but it is disappointing nevertheless,” said Liane Schalatek, who follows the Fund as Associate Director of the Heinrich Böll […]

  • 23 June 2014

    WRI Criticizes UNEP Pilot Access to Information Policy

    The pilot access to information policy recently issued by  the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “falls far short of providing true transparency,” according to the World Resources Institute. UNEP issued its pilot  policy last week. (See report.) The policy, which was not released in draft form for comment, is to be the subject a […]

  • 13 June 2014

    UNEP to Establish Pilot Information Disclosure Policy

    The United Nations Environmental Programme is about to create a one-year “pilot” informational disclosure policy. An official announcement is expected soon. An advance copy of the eight-page policy, dated June 6, was obtained by  A preamble says that the goal for setting up a permanent policy is June 2015. During that time, internal and […]

  • 30 May 2014

    Rio Declaration Follow-Up Covers Access, Participation

    Efforts are advancing to clarify what access rights should look like in the context of the environment and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. A committee has developed a list of concepts that should be included as efforts continue to follow up on the application of Principle 10 (environmental democracy) of the 2012 Rio […]

  • 25 March 2014

    UNEP Delays Producing Access to Information Policy

    The United Nations Environment Programme has still not produced an access to information policy requested by the Governing Council a year ago. Instead, an “interim” access policy will begin in April, Executive Director Achim Steiner told the UNEP Committee of Permanent Representatives March 24. He said it will be evaluated after a year. A final […]

  • 4 March 2014

    Freedom of Information in Ireland: changing of the guard

    By Tony Lowes Lowes is a Director of Friends of the Irish Environment In what is a serious blow to Freedom of Information in Ireland, the newly appointed Information Commission and Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has withdrawn his predecessor’s appeal to the Supreme Court against a High Court judgment that the constitutional right to cabinet confidentiality […]

  • 14 February 2014

    ATI Used in Brazil to Get Access to Water

    This report by Article 19 appears on the Article 19 website here. Freedom of expression and information are key in the battle to fight poverty and improve people’s lives. The availability and accessibility of information promotes transparency, ensures better governance and reduces inefficiency and corruption. Information gives people the opportunity to improve their own lives, participate […]

  • 17 January 2014

    WikiLeaks Again Discloses Trade Talk Documents

    WikiLeaks on Jan. 15 for the second in several months released secret documents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, this time concerning the environment. Disclosed were the draft text for the entire Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs’ Report. The text dates from the Chief Negotiators’ summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 12-24, […]

  • 7 October 2013

    Green Climate Fund Urged to Fix Draft Information Plan

    Revisions are needed in the draft policy on information disclosure about to be considered by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), according to the Global Transparency Initiative. The GCF is an international financial institution which uses lending to promote compliance with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The draft policy on information disclosure is on the […]

  • 19 July 2013

    Indonesian Minister Denies Access to Concession Maps

    Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has determined that “concession maps” showing where companies have logging and agricultural rights are not publicly disclosable. Environmental activists say the maps can help determine who should be accountable for forest fires that recently have caused major haze problems. Questions are being raised not only about whether Kambuaya’s interpretation is […]

  • 21 June 2013

    GTI Critiques Access Proposal by Climate Change Fund

    The Global Transparency Initiative has urged the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international lending body, to narrow the exemptions in a proposed access to information policy. The GCF, which promotes compliance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has proposing an information disclosure policy, Information Disclosure, including Webcasting. The GCF Board will discuss […]

  • 31 May 2013

    UN Panel Includes RTI, Better Data as Development Goals

    A high-level panel charged by the United Nations with drafting a post-2015 development agenda has included the better use of data and right to information in its report. Under Goal 10, “Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions,” it proposes the objective: “Guarantee the public’s right to information and access to government data.” RTI is listed […]

  • 2 May 2013

    Reforming FOI Laws in Asia Urged to Help Environment

    Asian countries need to improve their freedom of information laws as one component of providing better environmental information to the public, according to a statement issued May 1 from a conference in Jakarta attended by “representatives of governments, international organizations, civil society organizations, and academia from China, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines and Thailand.” The issuance […]

  • 22 February 2013

    UNEP Council Agrees to Create Access Policy

    The Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Programme Feb. 22 agreed to create an access to information policy and increase participation of stakeholders and civil society. The draft decision was adopted by the Governing Council in Nairobi after encouragement by an information group of nongovernmental organizations calling themselves the environmental democracy group. The group […]

  • 6 December 2012

    Expanding Environmental Democracy in Latin America

    By Carole Excell Excell is Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute. WRI published this article on Nov. 30. A number of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries recently took a huge step forward in ensuring environmental democracy for their citizens. At a UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) meeting […]

  • 9 November 2012

    Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants and Information Disclosure

    By Lawrence Repeta Repeta teaches law at Meiji University and is a regular contributor. The following report on a seminar includes information one speaker’s proposal that the Tokyo Electric Company, which operates several major nuclear power plants, be covered by Japan’s information disclosure law. He writes: The political stalemate described in my post of […]

  • 21 June 2012

    RIO+20 Showing Positive Signs on Transparency

    Some positive moves on environmental transparency are being seen by activists in the text emerging from the RIO+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The current text for the “outcome document” contains some language which opens up the door to further implement Principle 10, which deals with access to information, public participation and access to […]

  • 10 February 2012

    Access Issues Being Debated in Context of Rio Conference

    By Carole Excell Excell is Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute The Rio+20 Conference, the largest conference on sustainable development in 10 years, is only five months away.  A first round of informal negotiations on the “Outcome Document” text just concluded in New York. This document will form the basis of the official […]

  • 13 October 2011

    Irish Commissioner Applies EU Rule to Nationalized Bank

    The Irish Commissioner of Environmental Information has ruled that the nationalized Anglo Irish Bank must respond to requests for information relating to the environment. The bank, nationalized in 2009, meets the criteria for a “public authority,” under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations (2007), according to a decision by Commissioner Emily […]

  • 22 July 2011

    Groups Urge More Access to Environmental Information

    The decision-making processes concerning the environment are too opaque and governments should commit to transparency steps when they meet next year for Earth Summit 2012, according to a joint report by Article 19 and The Access Initiative. Titled Moving from Principles to Rights, the report says “people in over half the countries around the world […]


In this column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby J. McIntosh reports on the latest developments in information disclosure in International Financial and Trade Institutions (IFTI).
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