The CKB Group was formed in 2011 at a workshop held in Eschborn, Germany, to explore the scope for closer collaboration between online knowledge brokers working in the climate and development sectors. Convened by CDKN, GIZ and PIK-Potsdam, it brought together 21 leading web initiatives. The workshop proved highly successful, demonstrating a keen appetite for closer collaboration and generating a range of ideas on how to make this happen in practice. A second meeting was held in Bonn in May 2012 to take this agenda forward, and a follow-up workshop was held in Washington, in November 2012, hosted by the World Bank. The third annual CKB workshop was held in Bonn in June 2013, and in the years following that, the workshops took place in Brighton, UK and Copenhagen, Denmark. The sixth annual CKB workshop was hosted by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, in September 2016.

The CKB Group has developed a range of collaborative projects, all aimed at making reliable climate and development information more accessible to users. It communicates via a LinkedIn discussion group and is coordinated by a Steering Group chaired by Geoff Barnard of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

The Group had its public launch at a special side event at COP19, in Warsaw. Entitled “Transforming Information into Knowledge and Climate Action” it featured presentations on the four challenges that the CKB Group is working together to address:

  • Really understanding user needs
  • Pointing users to the right platform
  • Connecting up platforms
  • Avoiding reinventing the wheel

A video of the event was made by IISD Reporting Services, thanks to sponsorship from GIZ.

In September 2015 the CKB officially presented its Manifesto, a milestone publication and call for joint action to meet the massive climate knowledge challenges ahead in the post-Paris world. It has been widely distributed within the CKB community itself as well as beyond that, and has thus far been signed by more than 60 organisations and individuals, including the CCCCC, CSE India, the Institute of Development Studies, IUCN, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and UNDP.

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