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GEM supports new multi-stakeholder initiative on open data sharing between finance, policy and climate sectors


Oct 9, 2019

Icebreaker One, launched on September 23 at the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York, is a new independent, non-partisan, global non-profit that is developing shared principles, practices and open standards in order to unlock information that is vital to informing the kinds of large-scale financial decisions that are needed to minimize carbon and environmental impact. “GEM is pleased to support the Icebreaker One initiative and its activities to help bridge data gaps between finance, assets, policy and science to deliver not only a zero-carbon future, but also a safer and more disaster resilient future.” – John Schneider, Secretary General. GEM supports Icebreaker One as Strategic and Founding Partner, and will contribute to case studies demonstrating global public-private partnerships, data sharing, and associated impact in the disaster risk reduction (DRR) space. GEM has developed global exposure and vulnerability data that can be used to help Icebreaker One leverage for more open data exchange within an appropriate governance and data-sharing framework. According to Gavin Starks, founder of Icebreaker One, “The lack of good data-flow is leading to misallocation of resources, missed opportunities and is creating catastrophic risks on our global balance sheets.” “Building multi-disciplinary partnerships, based on decades of experience with open standards, data governance, mass collaboration, and public-private partnerships, Icebreaker One will unlock the exchange of decision-critical data to enable a multi-trillion dollar shift in investment.” Over the remainder of 2019 Icebreaker One will be narrowing its focus on the following options as test cases: shipping, agriculture, aviation, water and energy infrastructure. If you would like to get involved, please visit:

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