As world leaders meet this week at the COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference), it is urgent for them to take concrete action. Their decisions must ensure a just, people-centred and sustainable transition to a low carbon economy, including keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C to limit the most dangerous impacts of the climate crisis.

We the undersigned organisations are members of Publish What You Pay,  the global movement for open and accountable extractive industries. We have strong roots and membership in the countries and communities where oil and gas drilling and mining take place. We speak from countries that have done the least to cause the climate crisis but are set to suffer the worst effects of it and face the highest risks of an unfair and mismanaged energy transition. We also speak from major historical high-carbon-emitting and wealthier countries that must act fastest and finance the energy transition.

COP26 is a pivotal moment for governments to take unprecedented action to phase out fossil fuel production in line with the scientific consensus to prevent more than 1.5ºC of warming. However, failing to put people at the centre of the required energy transition will result in it being both inadequate and unfair. Here are our messages for world leaders for COP26 and beyond:

  • We must clean up mineral supply chains to deliver a just transition: A sixfold increase in the demand for transition minerals such as cobalt, lithium and copper is likely to accompany the transition to a low carbon economy. In many countries, extraction takes place at great cost to the health, environment and livelihoods of local people, and research indicates that women and girls are disproportionately harmed. Local communities see little economic benefit from extraction. Citizen participation, guarantees of indigenous rights, including free, prior and informed consent, and other human rights, and strong governance safeguards must be in place to avoid further damage to communities close to extraction.
  • It is time to get serious about supporting developing countries: Rich countries are set to fall short of their pledge to mobilise $100 billion per year by 2020 to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. For many nations this finance is desperately needed to assist the transition to a sustainable low carbon economy.  This is doubly important for economies highly dependent on fossil fuels, which will need to diversify rapidly to deliver the energy transition the world needs whilst also safeguarding livelihoods and energy access. Rich countries must step up and finance an equitable global energy transition as well as supporting policies that facilitate economic diversification, access to clean energy, technology transfer, and decent work in a decarbonised economy. Major additional international finance is also urgently needed to address loss and damage.
  • Corruption and mismanagement could undermine a just energy transition: Just as corruption has undermined many countries’ ability to see significant long-term benefit from their natural resources, it now threatens to derail a just transition to a low carbon economy. Powerful actors will seek to pursue their own self-interest at the cost of effective global climate action. This risk is exacerbated by attacks and restrictions on civic space, limiting citizens’ participation in the governance of their country’s natural resources. More transparency, particularly of payments and contractual terms, is needed to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, develop sustainable supply chains for transition minerals, and ensure that companies and governments shoulder fair shares of the costs of the energy transition. Transparency must also be accompanied by a safe and enabling environment for citizens and civil society to hold governments and companies to account.

The climate crisis is by far the major crisis of our lifetime. It is already causing devastating loss and damage to people, affecting the most basic human rights of impacted communities, such as the right to life, food, water, health and housing. While none will escape the impacts of this crisis, low-income people (and particularly indigenous peoples, other minorities, women, girls and young people) –  those who have done least to cause these impacts – suffer the most. The energy transition must not compound the harms and inequality arising from the climate crisis. Publish What You Pay alongside other civil society groups are committed to demand long-term accountability from governments, companies and intergovernmental bodies for a genuinely just, equitable and well-managed energy transition.

For more information read Publish What You Pay’s positions on the energy transition.

To add your PWYP member organisation’s name to the list of signatories, please take 1 minute to fill in this form.

List of PWYP member organisations which have signed the statement:

“To Health life” Ecological Public Union Azerbaijan
3 CM Mauritanie América Latina Brazil
Aboh Youth and Community Initiative Nigeria
Abraham’s Children Foundation Nigeria
Action Mines Guinée Guinée
Action pour la Justice Environnementale Sénégal
Action pour le développement communautaire Guinée
ActionAid Australia Australia
Adalchi Youth Movement Association Hotoro (AYMAH), Kano Nigeria
ADAPE GUINEE 15 membres Guinea Conakry
Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice Nigeria
Africans Rising Senegal
Agir pour GArantir la Gouvernance Economique et Social(AGAGES MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS) Cameroun
Aide, Assistance et Développement Communautaire De Côte d’Ivoire (ADC-CI) Côte d’Ivoire
Akad Cultural Institute Iraq
Akar Foundation Indonesia
Albanian Center for Development and Integration Albania
Alhayat of development organization Iraq-Basrah
Anchalik Surakshya Committee India
APVM Sahel Sénégal
ARTICLE 19 Afrique de l’Ouest SENEGAL
ASPRODDEL / Kédougou Sénégal
Assistance Mission for Africs South Sudan
Association Action de Partenaires pour l’Appui au Développement -APAD Tchad
Association Africaine de défense des Droits de l’Homme( ASADHO) République Démocratique du Congo
Association bassin minier développement investissement Tunisie
Association des Consommateurs du Mali (ASCOMA) Mali
Association Guinéenne pour la Transparence Guinée
Association IZARA – Pool des consultants formateurs Madagascar
Association Malagasy Mandroso sy Salama no Tarigetra MMST Madagascar
Association Maliennne des Droits de l’Homme (AMDH) Mali
Association pour le developpement durable et la protection de l’environnement en Guinée Guinée
Association REBAREBA Madagascar
Association Tunisienne de Droit du Développement Tunisie
Azerbaijan Coalition of NGOs “Increasing Transparency in the Extractive Industries”, “Democratic Development and Economic Cooperation” Public Union Azerbaijan
Baloos Foundation Timor-Leste
Bauchi Community Oriented Development Initiative Nigeria
Brainforest Gabon
CADES-CI (Centre d’Actions pour le Développement Social) Côte d’Ivoire
CAFAGB Cellule Associative des Femmes Actives pour la Gouvernance Les Droits Humains et le Bien-être Cameroun Cameroun
CAJUST – Citoyens Actifs pour la Justice Sociale Senegal
Care for the elderly intelectuals PU Azerbaijan
CartoCrítica. Investigación, mapas y datos para la sociedad civil. México
Center for Peace Education and Community Development Nigeria
Center For Public Interest Law Ghana
Center For Rural Emancipation Economic & Social Development ( CREESOD ) NIgeria
Centre Afrika Obota Togo Togo
Centre d’Appui au Développement des Initiatives Communautaire (CADIC/GUINEE) Guinée
Centre d’Excellence du Droit de l’environnement-CEDE Guinée
Centre for citizens Rights Nigeria
Centre for Development and Democratization of Institutions Albania
Centre for Transparency and Freedom of Infotmation Albania
Centre Guineen de Formation et d’Education pour le Développement (CEGUIFED) Guinée Amadou
Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C. México
Christian Foundation for Social Justice and Equity (CFSJE) Nigeria
Citoyens Actifs pour la Justice Sociale (CAJUST) Sénégal
Civil expertise Kazakhstan
Clean Tech Hub Nigeria
CNT Niger
Coalition des Alternatives Africaines Dettes et Développement (CAD-Mali) Mali
Coligação Publicar o Que Você Paga Guiné-Bissau
Community Empowerment and Development Organization (CEDO) South Sudan
Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy (CODWA) Nigeria
Concerned Advocates Saving Terrestrial & Marine Ecosystems (COASTLINE), Inc. Philippines
Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government, Inc. Philippines
CooperAcción Perú
Coordinación de ONG y Cooperativas CONGCOOP Guatemala
Core Group Transparency /PWYP-TL Timor-Leste
CRADESC- Centre de Recherche et d’Action sur les Droits Économiques Sociaux et Culturels Senegal
Crudo Transparente Colombia
Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development Nigeria
Democracy Monitor Public Union Azerbaijan
Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales Perú
Development Education Community Project Zambia
Diaries of the Ocean Lebanon
DiXi Group Ukraine Sénégal
Dynamaique Mondiale des Jeunes (DMJ) Cameroun
Echo of Science Organization for Training and Community Development Iraq
Eco World public union Azerbaijan
Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA South Africa
Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility United Kingdom
ENERGY News Africa LTD Ghana
Engenera, A.C México
Entrepreneurship Development Foundation Azerbaijan
Entrepreneurship Initiative for African Youth (EIFAY Africa) Nigeria
Femme et Environnement “BG” République Centrafricaine
Finance consulting Ikhtusch LLC Mongolia Ylaanbaatar
FITRA East Java Indonesia
Fondation pour le Développement au Sahel Mali
Forum Indonesia untuk Transparansi Anggaran Jawa Timur (FITRA JATIM) Indonesia
Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development FENRAD Nigeria Nigeria
Fundación Jubileo Bolivia
Fundacion Terram Chile
Gender Justice for Development Organization Nigeria
GeRAK Aceh Indonesia
Global Organization For Youth Enlightenment For Development And Development Nigeria
Green Awards Ghana Ghana
Green Network – Magway Myanmar
Groupe de recherche et d’action pour le développement minier responsable Sénégal
Groupe de Recherche et de Plaidoyer sur les Industries Extractives (GRPIE) Côte d’Ivoire
Guinea media children association Guinea Conakry
Hannah Youth organisation Iraq
Haw Organization for Education Iraq
Himayadar Humanitarian Progress Public Union Azerbaijan
Human and Environmental Development Agenda Nigeria
Human Development Center “Tree of Life” Kyrgyz Republic
Indonesian Parliamentary Center Indonesia
Initiative Africaine pour le Développement Intégré au Sahel (IADIS) Bamako/Mali
Initiative for Youth (In-Youth) Côte d’Ivoire
Institut Panos Afrique de l’ouest Sénégal
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information Georgia
Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia
Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas (IBASE) Brasil
International Business and Economic Development Center Georgia
IPAO Sénégal
Jamaa Resource Initiatives Kenya
Kdadalak Sulimutuk Institute Timor-Leste
Khovdiin toli NGO Г.Төрмөнх
KMF/CNOE – Education des citoyens MADAGASCAR
Le réseau des organisations pour la Transparence et l’Analyse Budgétaire ROTAB-Niger Niger
Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative Lebanon
Legs-Africa Senegal
Lepmil Sulawesi Tenggara Indonesia
Liberty Kazakhstan
Lock the Gate Australia
LPAD Riau Riau province
Lumière Synergie pour le Développement Sénégal
Masyarakat Transparansi Aceh – MaTA Indonesia, Propinsi Aceh
Member EITY Kyrgyzstan
Mesa Ciudadana de Cambio Climático Chile
Métissage Niger
Michael Adedotun Oke Foundation Nigeria
Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue Philippines
Mineral Inheritors Rights Association India
Mining Shared Value (Engineers Without Borders Canada) Canada
MiningWatch Canada Canada
Miracle Helping Hand Foundation Zimbabwe
Motherhen Development Foundation Nigeria
Naryn Municipal Resource Centre Kyrgyzstan
Nash Vek Kyrgyzstan
Natural Resource Governance Institute Ghana
Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation Nigeria
News Ghana Ghana
News Guide Africa Ghana
NGO Agency for Development and Cooperation Ukraine
NGO Consortium on EITI promotion in Kyrgyzstantan Kyrgyzstan
NGO NEW Energy Ukraine
Nigeria Environmental society Nigeria
NRGI United States
Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Organization Public Union Azerbaijan
ONG “CD” au coeur du developpement Togo
ONG 3D Sénégal
Onshor association Tunisie
Open Arms Initiative for Sustainable Development Nigeria
Organisation Tchadienne Anti-Corruption (OTAC) Tchad
Oxfam México México
Pacific Network Germany
PCQVP Sénégal Sénégal
PCQVP-Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
PCQVP-Mali Mali
Penplusbytes Ghana
People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) Vietnam
Plateforme de la Societe civile pour la Bonne Gouvrnance-MIRANGA Madagascaf Madagascar
Plateforme des Société Civile de la SAVA (PSC-SAVA) Madagascar
Plateforme Tenures foncière, forestière, genre et changement climatique (TENFOREST-BF) Burkina Faso
Policy Alert Nigeria
Poltava branch of Public Service of Ukraine Ukraine
Project ABC Initiative Nigeria
PU “Zanoni Shark” Tajikistan
Public Administration New Initiative NGO Mongolia
Public Association “Echo” Kazakhstan
Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire
Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez Guinée Republique de Guinée
Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez Mauritanie Mauritanie
Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez-Mali Mali
Publish What You Pay – US United States
Publish What You Pay Australia Australia
Publish What You Pay Indonesia Indonesia
Publish What You Pay Liberia Liberia
Publish What You Pay Malawi Malawi
Publish What You Pay NIGERIA NIGERIA
Publish What You Pay Uganda Uganda
Publish What You Pay UK United Kingdom
Publish What You Pay Zambia Lusaka, Zambia
Reciclemos A.C. México
RECON Phil.Inc Philippines
Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (RPDH) République du Congo
Reseau de Lutte Contre la Faim (RELUFA) Cameroun
Réseau des Chefs Traditionnels d’Afrique pour la conservation de la biodiversité (ReCTrad Cameroun
Réseau des journalistes sur les questions minières du Mali Mali
Réseau des Médias sur Internet en Guinée REMIGUI Guinée
Réseau Malien des Journalistes pour la Lutte contre la Corruption et la Pauvrete RMJLCP Mali
Reseau pour le Developpement Local et l’Autopromotion de la Femme,de l’Enfant et de la Famille (RDL/AFEF) Mali
Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative Nigeria
Riau Community Leaders Communication Forum Riau – Indonesia
Rights Advocates Initiative (RAI) Nigeria
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) UK
ROLBG Gabon/Libreville
Rural Initiative for Change (RIC) Nigeria
SECO-ONG/Mali Mali
Sectoral Transparency Alliance on Natural Resource Governance in Cebu (STANCe) Philippines
SILDAP Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. Philippines
SJ Around the Bay Australia
Small scale women farmers organization in Nigeria SWOFON NIGERIA
Social Strategic Researches and Analytical Investigations Public Union Azerbaijan
Social Survey Timor-Leste (SSTL) Timor-Leste
Solidariedade Mocambique Moçambique
Spaces for Change Nigeria
Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) United Kingdom
Steps Without borders NGO Mongolia
Support for Economic Initiatives NGO Azerbaijan
Support Initiative for Sustainable Development (SISDEV) Nigeria
Tawi-Tawi Alliance of Civil Society Organizations Philippines
Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College Philippines
Tax Research UK United Kingdom
Tenures foncière,forestière, genre et changement climatique (TENFOREST) Burkina Faso
The Andrew Lees Trust United Kingdom
The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) United Kingdom
The Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative Lebanon
The ONE Campaign United States
Ther Development Center Iraq
Transparence et Democratie Tunisie
Transparencia por Colombia Colombia
Transparency and Economic Development Initiative Nigeria
Transparency International Germany
Transparency International Accountable Mining Programme Global
Transparency International Indonesia Indonesia
Transparency International Initiative Madagascar Madagascar
Transparent Governance PU Azerbaijan
Tunisie Écologie Tunisie
Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Australia
Universal Health and Economic Empowerment Foundation Nigeria
University of San Carlos – Department of Political Science Philippines
UP Politikons Philippines
Voice and Accountability platform Nigeria
Wacam Ghana
Women Youths and Children Advancement Program Nigeria
Women’s Organisation for Dev and Empowerment of Communities (WODECO) Nigeria
YASMIB Sulawesi Indonesia
Youth Advocate for Health and Empowerment Initiative Nigeria
Youth Empowerment & Human Development Initiative YEHDI Nigeria
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