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The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed the context for EITI implementation across the globe. Implementing countries have had to contend with new realities. Traditional reporting and data collection practices have been hindered by budgetary constraints and health restrictions. Multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs) that relied on in-person fora for decision-making and trust-building have fewer touchpoints and have had to use virtual platforms to replace critical face-to-face meetings.

The past years have been a critical juncture for Norway’s extractive sector. The country has seen record-high revenues in 2021 from oil and gas. Significant demand and high commodity prices, particularly for gas, resulted in strong export performance to European markets. Open data, innovation and energy transition are high on the agenda.

The Philippines recently launched the Opening Extractives Programme, a global programme aiming to transform the availability and use of beneficial ownership data for effective governance in the extractive sector. The programme will support the implementation of beneficial ownership reforms and enable the use of beneficial ownership data by government, civil society and companies.

On 17 and 18 November, more than 200 participants from 29 countries gathered for a two-day virtual Debate, convened with seven civil society partners from Latin America and the Caribbean to provide a public space to debate issues affecting environmental transparency in the region.

Experts from industry, civil society and the public sector shared views on three main themes – environmental information, energy transition and environmental rights activism.

In 2020, the renewable energy sector accounted for 26% of foreign direct investment project announcements in the region, according to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Twelve countries recently pledged to base 70% of their energy mix on renewables by 2030. Most of the region’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement include a 20-30% reduction of emissions by 2030.

Mozambique EITI’s cost audit disclosures go beyond the requirements of EITI Standard, shedding light on the true cost of the country’s nascent liquefied natural gas projects.

Mozambique’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects have the potential to transform the country’s economic potential.

The COP26 negotiations concluded in Glasgow with some progress on climate mitigation and adaptation. While some criticised that commitments fell short of those needed to keep global warming to 1.5C, there was clearer resolve to go beyond fossil fuel dependency, especially from OECD members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance and the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance. Leaders of oil and gas companies were conspicuously absent from public platforms at COP26,

In October 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealed a new major leak containing more than 11.9 million documents from the databases of 14 corporate service providers that set up and manage shell companies and trusts in financial secrecy jurisdictions around the globe.

The Pandora Papers are a result of the biggest journalistic collaboration in history,

Provisions in the 2019 EITI Standard aim to improve the participation of women in extractive sector governance and encourage the publication of gender-disaggregated data reflecting women’s participation in the extractive sector. A recent survey sheds light on how EITI implementing countries are progressing to meet these requirements.    

The 2019 EITI Standard aims to promote more inclusive participation in the extractive sector, acknowledging that the social,

Since its creation in 2011, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) has successfully promoted open government reforms in 78 countries. Of these, 30 implement the EITI. The OGP can count many achievements over the past decade, many of which are shared with the EITI through national action plan commitments.

An OGP survey in 2019 identified significant potential to strengthen complementarities in countries that are members of OGP and the EITI.